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ICNA condemns attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya


09 12 12

 

 

 
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
 
JAMAICA, New York (September 12, 2012) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today condemning the attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, which came after the preview for an anti-Islamic film by an American filmmaker surfaced online.

“ICNA strongly condemns the violent attacks on American embassies in Egypt and Libya. Nothing is worth the cost of an innocent human life, and we firmly believe that there is no honor or faith in committing such violence.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the other three American personnel at this tragic time. Today we lost a diplomat and friend to the people of Libya; we commend him and U.S. envoys in Libya and elsewhere for their dedication to peace.

We are disturbed that the perpetrators of these attacks are claiming to defend the Prophet Muhammad’s peace be up on him, pbuh honor. The Prophet peace be up on him (pbuh) was a man of peace and mercy; to engage in such violence and senseless killing is to truly defile his legacy. We implore Muslims in the region and around the world to remember the Prophet’s peace be up on him (pbuh) teachings and honor his life by following his example of kindness and love in the face of hostility.

We appeal to Muslims in the Arab region and elsewhere to ignore cheap attempts for publicity by hateful bigots. By engaging in violence Muslims are not only harming innocent lives but also falling in the trap set up by bigots.

We also appeal to the larger American public to be wary of such attempts by individuals and groups, who, in most cases, have foreign ties and engage in such hateful projects that not only endanger Americans’ and others’ lives overseas, but incite hate attacks against minorities in America as well.”

 
The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.

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  • http://twitter.com/kingstonimam/status/246385767897776129/ @kingstonimam

    ICNA condemns attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya http://t.co/f0TZp8d9 #americanmuslims

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “We sent Our Messengers with clear signs and sent down with them the Book and the Measure in order to establish justice among the people…” (Quran 57:25)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even if it be against yourselves, your parents, and your relatives, or whether it is against the rich or the poor…” (Quran 4:135)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “Let not the hatred of a people swerve you away from justice. Be just, for this is closest to righteousness…” (Quran 5:8)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “God does not forbid you from doing good and being just to those who have neither fought you over your faith nor evicted you from your homes…” (Quran 60:8)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “We have revealed to you the scripture with the truth that you may judge between people by what God has taught you.” (Quran 4:105)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “God does not forbid you from doing good and being just to those who have neither fought you over your faith nor evicted you from your homes…” (Quran 60:8)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “O My slaves, I have forbidden injustice for Myself and forbade it also for you. So avoid being unjust to one another.” (Saheeh Muslim)

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    “Beware! Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)

  • http://www.icna.com Kiran qureshi. Mohammad raheem qureshi

    Aslam walkum
    It is disgusting movie and very anti muslim .Muslims and non muslims should condoemn this video demend and apology and take major action ti make sure that this movie is not repeated i belive in freedom of speech but this is over and beyond icna also condem The movie makers if the movie and Demand strog action aganist Them .

  • Cheryl Calloway Hannum via Facebook

    Wided Ben, the very fact that you can come onto a website such as this and spew your hate about a country that you obviously know but one twisted view of and be safe in the fact that these expressed views are not going to cause you or your family’s death just proves the point that I am trying to make to you. Is America perfect, absolutely not, no country is, but you mention the atrocities that are happening in your country (I assume) as if Americans are the cause of everything, when you know that is not the case. You have people blowing themselves and innocent other people up almost every day in the name of Allah and I suppose that is our fault as well? If you came on this site and spewed such hatred about those within your faith that are extremist or about your country, do you think you would be safe? I think not. So when I talk about freedom and opportunity of America and pride in my country I mean just that. Why does it seem that all acts of violence coming from Iraq or Iran never seem to be because you need to cull your religious extremists and is always some other country’s fault? So, in your example, everything was peaceful prior to American trying to force “freedom” on everyone? That is not true either and you know it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WBTeva Wided Ben via Facebook

    Cheryl, Did I lie or misrepresent a fact ? that’s ur government, u are proud of your criminal government! you keep interveening in every corner of the world bringing more misery and bloodshed! why don’t you leave us alone! leave our countries ! you Americans are welcome but your troops are not, your policies are not! I don’t have a problem with you as an american citizen, I have a problem with your corrupt government! Wanna talk about our governments ? ours are also corrupt, coz they are working under urs! we have no leaders, no honest governors, they lie with every breath they take! our people want nothing but peace and independency! have we ever interfered in ur business ? did u ever see one of our soldiers on your land or our air forces in your sky ? MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND STAY OUT OF PEOPLE’S LANDS AND I GUARANTEE YOU WILL NEVER WITNESS POEPLE BLOWING THEMSELVES, THEY SIMPLY WON’T HAVE A REASON TO DO SO! and if they still do, be happy coz u and ur people are safe watching from home ( you see how beautiful the word “home” is) ! don’t worry about them, they just want to put a little action in their suicide… how about that ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/farialmahmod.tishan Farial Mahmod Tishan via Facebook

    I fully support you Mr Wided Ben

  • Qudratullah

    No doubt, the honor and dignity of the Prophet cannot be compromised at any cost. The incident of the Movie is not the first one which is coming from America but this is a series of disgracing attacks on the holy personality and the holy scripture. I appeal to all peace loving Americans to condemn such acts and be united against the culprits who do this kind of henious crime and who instigate hate around the world and also American should know about the policies of their government and prevent their government from such policies which earn them hatered around the world. America should not indulge in every matter of the world because they are not suppose to interfare every where in the Muslim world by force or intimedataion. Please Americans, direct your attention to your own country, prosperity and economic reforms. Dont bother about the prosperity or democracy of other. thanks

  • Salmanul Faris

    Assalamu Alaikkum,
    I Agree with the fact that killing innocent people is not as per the teachings of Prophet (PBUH) or Quran. But to be frank, Brother you showed your view about the sad death of the US ambassador and the people who did this. Don’t you have anything to say about the People behind the Movie ( The makers, Financiers, Actors, Cencorboard ). Don’t you feel sad knowing that our Beloved Prophet PBUH and ISLAM was shown in such a way that it may give non-Muslims have a wrong view on ALLAH SWT, PROPHET PBUH, ISLAM, QURAN & MUSLIMS ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can anybody ask BROTHER NOUMAN ALI KHAN (he’s my Favourite in ICNA) to read this post from ICNA and correct them? I meant no harm for the person who posted this or ICNA, I just explained my view on this issue. Assalamu Allaikkum . Jazhakalah Khair.

  • Samreen Pakistan Chaudry via Facebook

    so what do u say how should one react to something like that?

  • Orlando Rosario

    As Salaamul Alaikum Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu: I Pray Allahu Ta Ala’ make the Muslims strong and rightly guided. Astaghfilullah this film is disgusting and hateful…Let us peacefully demonstrate our objections without hurting innocent lives and property…do not let the agents of shaytan nir rajeem rouse you “Anger” to the point where Allahu Ta Ala’ says: “See such that do wrong although they think that they do right. (Qur’an)” Muslims have to give a chance to their newly elected officials use all their collective power to voice the Muslims’ objections, however, we cannot condemn a whole country and it’s innocent people for the actions of a few.Two wrongs do not make a right, clear heads should prevail and use this opportunity as a critical moment to give the right guidance and Dawah about our Beloved Rasulullah (saws). Allah says: “Invite all to the way to thy Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching, and argue with them in ways that are best and most suitable for Allah knows best those who are guided from those who have strayed. (Quran)”

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  • Osama Mur

    The film was not the absolute cause of the recent violence in the Middle East.
    It was merely the catalyst.

  • Orlando Rosario via Facebook

    الرجيم من همزه ونفخه وهمسه

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in
    Ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [Quran:49/6]

    يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِن جَآءَكُمۡ فَاسِقُۢ بِنَبَإٍ۬ فَتَبَيَّنُوٓاْ أَن تُصِيبُواْ قَوۡمَۢا بِجَهَـٰلَةٍ۬ فَتُصۡبِحُواْ عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلۡتُمۡ نَـٰدِمِينَ (٦Surah Al-Hujraat
    O ye who believe! If an evil-doer brings you tidings, verify it, lest ye smite some folk in ignorance and afterward repent of what ye did. (6)

    It is imperative that those charged with authority investigate this shameful production against our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws). It is highly unusual that this movie pops up only after President Obama refuse to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and on the anniversary of the atrocities September 11th. It is also highly unusual that a small time criminal with the last name “Klein” who may be a right wing Christian and some Coptic Christian could have raise $5 million dollars to produce, direct and make such a scandalous movie against Islam and Muslims to air such on a horrific date. It is the responsibility of President Obama and his Administration, as well as Muslim Leaders to conduct an investigation into the funding of this movie and the dubbing of the actors’ voices by agent provocateurs to create a disturbance around the world and possibly conflicts between religions and its people. In law there is the Prima Facie and Circumstantial Evidence that points to a deliberate design to cause an evil and diabolical effect, especially during a political season in America, and the Arab Spring abroad. Just follow the money and investigate the true intention of the making of this movie to ascertain whether its purpose was to start disturbances around the world. It cannot be said that the evidence points to ignorance, but rather a calculated intent of evil design.

  • Orlando Rosario

    الرجيم من همزه ونفخه وهمسه

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

    Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in
    Ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [Quran:49/6]

    يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ إِن جَآءَكُمۡ فَاسِقُۢ بِنَبَإٍ۬ فَتَبَيَّنُوٓاْ أَن تُصِيبُواْ قَوۡمَۢا بِجَهَـٰلَةٍ۬ فَتُصۡبِحُواْ عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلۡتُمۡ نَـٰدِمِينَ (٦Surah Al-Hujraat
    O ye who believe! If an evil-doer brings you tidings, verify it, lest ye smite some folk in ignorance and afterward repent of what ye did. (6)

    It is imperative that those charged with authority investigate this shameful production against our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saws). It is highly unusual that this movie pops up only after President Obama refuse to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and on the anniversary of the atrocities September 11th. It is also highly unusual that a small time criminal with the last name “Klein” who may be a right wing Christian and some Coptic Christian could have raise $5 million dollars to produce, direct and make such a scandalous movie against Islam and Muslims to air such on a horrific date. It is the responsibility of President Obama and his Administration, as well as Muslim Leaders to conduct an investigation into the funding of this movie and the dubbing of the actors’ voices by agent provocateurs to create a disturbance around the world and possibly conflicts between religions and its people. In law there is the Prima Facie and Circumstantial Evidence that points to a deliberate design to cause an evil and diabolical effect, especially during a political season in America, and the Arab Spring abroad. Just follow the money and investigate the true intention of the making of this movie to ascertain whether its purpose was to start disturbances around the world. It cannot be said that the evidence points to ignorance, but rather a calculated intent of evil design.

  • Linda McCleary

    We are all being manipulated and inflamed against one another to prevent us from seeing that those things that bind us are greater than the things that divide us. Many world leaders, both religious and secular, want only enough peace to hang on to their power. It would be terrible for them if we all got along and began to solve problems together; we would not perceive a need for them any longer. Problems are manufactured because the real ones they cannot solve.

  • William Haddad

    Congratulations on making an immediate and important response on behalf of all of our communities.

    I have viewed the video trailer and it is obnoxious insult all all of us. I am ashamed to see such defamation.

    However, we must always take the high road and lead our communities—not teaching them to forgive as Islam teaches us to forgive, but so also not to forget. We must be vigilant.

    Again, many thanks to my brothers and sisters in Islam for condemning the unfortunate deaths in the Middle East.

    If you need any help or support in your efforts from me, do not hesitate to call.

    Judge William Haddad
    IL Supreme Court

  • Orlando

    This movie should be prosecuted if proved to be intentionaly made to provoke a violent reaction….should be prosecuted as a Hate Crime against Muslims, like the burning of crosses in front of black peoples homes, like the painting of SS or swatikas on homes….it had a pure evil calculated intent on the anniversary of 9/11. Am quite sure it is not legal to yell “FIRE!¡!” in a crowded theater when there is no fire because of the harm it may cause.

  • Orlando

    America has Freedom of speech but is it OK to burn crosses in front of black homes? That’s free speech…Is it OK to put SS and Swastikas on Jewish homes? That’s freedom of speech…when does freedom of speech become o k when it attacks and slanders Muslims but not o k when it slanders and attacks Christians and Jews?

  • http://www.facebook.com/firoj.kabir.351 Firoj Kabir via Facebook

    this is the first open move for the jew. we should give our voice….. ALLAH is with us

  • Nafis Bouie

    I wonder what would happen to the Black people in the Arab world if they violently arose in protest for being called abeed, takrooni, zinji, etc. I’ll tell you, they would be massacred, just like the Blacks in Libya. Muslims must ignore these provocative insensitive film productions, deemed art under the protection of freedom of speech in America. Allah’s messenger was insulted, violently attacked, and exiled. What was his response? When are you going to learn the adab/etiquette of reciprocity. Has anyone thought of the negative ramifications of these senseless attacks may have on the indigenous Blackamerican Muslim population, I’ll answer that too, no. Because you jokers in the east have myopic vision. Protests, like any other action should have an objective. If you think your protests are going to STOP the rejectors of Muhammad from further insults, you are deluded. The imposed post modern innovation of the nation state is one thing, but learning how to handle criticism of our beloved within that modern construct is tantamount to our maturity.

  • J Khan

    I saw the public statements by muslims but I must admit this statement is the most balanced and well thought of. It includes proper condmentation of the instigating act of blasphemy against our beloved rasool pbuh, with out giving any importance to these hate mongers. Unlike other statements that focus only on the American deaths. A difficult task that ICNA has accomplished.

  • Mohamed Rohingya via Facebook

    Always condemning muslims but always silent when muslims are the victims. Gotta love this publicity stunt!

  • zahid

    Aoa. Baig Sahib. Would be better if May include few words to condemn their act to try to disrespect Ours also.
    You should be balanced always.
    You want to be respected by them showing them to love peace and hate unlawfullness and killing of their staff. But what they are doing you could not say even single word. What a non sense So called Islamic circle it is.
    zahid