Imams Use Friday Sermons to Condemn Terror

Los Angeles, CA: On September 28, imams (prayer leaders) of a number of Southern California 's largest mosques denounced terrorism during their Friday "khutbas," or sermons. The imams reiterated the need for Muslims in America and abroad to stand on the side of justice and peace, and against violence.
The sermons are particularly significant because they are being given during the month-long Ramadan fast.
"Too often, Islamic sermons condemning terrorism receive little or no attention, leading to the misperception that mosques are places that breed religious extremism," said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Center of Orange County and the chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California . "The month of Ramadan provides an excellent opportunity for us to come together and give a united voice to the peaceful teachings promulgated by Islam and to share a message of goodwill with our friends and neighbors throughout the Southland."
Speaking to thousands of worshippers, the imams' Ramadan message stressed respect for the sanctity of life and rejection of violence. They exhorted the worshippers to act as agents of peace and goodwill in their local communities.
The imams also called on Muslims to reach out to their neighbors and co-workers to build friendships and promote mutual understanding during Ramadan and throughout the year.
"We applaud this positive initiative by the imams and hope that such coordinated efforts will spread around the nation and the world," said Munira Syeda, communications coordinator for the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA).


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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