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ICNA Supports Arab Struggle for Freedom & Democracy


03 2 11

 

 

 
—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
 
JAMAICA, New York (March 2, 2011) – In a press release issued today, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) welcomed the UN’s suspension of Libya from the UN Human Rights Council and the Obama administration’s decision to place sanctions on Libya after weeks of protest and violence in the country.

“We applaud the actions taken against the Libyan government by the United Nations and the Obama administration” said Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of ICNA. “We appeal to them to further impose a no-fly zone over the country, as many pro-democracy Libyans have requested.”

“The international community must now rally against Gaddafi, who has promised to continue on his path of bloodshed. We urge the UN to bring him to justice for his blatant violation of human rights and indict him for the crimes committed against his people.”

“As American Muslims we are appalled by the government-ordered, systematic use of violence against unarmed demonstrators particularly in Libya, where warplanes, snipers and the militia have attacked civilians, and Bahrain, where tear gas and live ammunition have been used against demonstrators.

“ICNA reminds the leaders of the Middle East that God detests injustice. They must give voice to and meet the legitimate demands of their citizens. We stand with the oppressed of Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan and Morocco in their quest for basic human and legal rights. We pray for their safety and urge them to be steadfast; their perseverance is a victory for freedom everywhere.”

ICNA’s partner organization Helping Hand for Relief and Development is actively working towards bringing medical relief to the injured and affected within the country, as well as fleeing refugees at Libya’s eastern outskirts. We encourage you to donate generously to relief efforts being conducted in Libya, as well as Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria at www.hhrd.org.

 
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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  • Fawad Sayed

    What about the people of Bahrain Mr Baig. They are asking for their rights as well and have been massacared by Al-Khalifa family? I dont get it, why is Muammar bad but Al-Khalifa good? Both are suppressing their people and both have committed massacares of their people who are asking for their legitimate rights. Dont beleive me well this the eye opening report from Bahrain where i didnt know that they dont take Shia – majority and original Bahrainis – for Police or military jobs but instead al-Khalifa gives citizenships to Sunni outsiders from Syria and Pakistan to join police and Army and as one of the participants in the video asks justifiably, where does the loyalty of these paid foriegners lie, is it with the Al-Khalifa family or with Bahrain?

    http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/peopleandpower/2011/03/201138153916892448.html#

  • Ahmed

    Fawad,

    What are you trying to say? Where does it say Al-Khalifa is good? If you are trying to raise the shia/sunni issue here, then that will not fly as ICNA is non-sectarian.

  • Fawad Sayed

    Ahmed,

    My appologies, but you totally and absolutely misunderstood me. Al-Khalifas, Abdullahs and Khaddafis are all the same and God willing on their path to be gone in the trash bin of history. Why would you think i am being secetarian, is it because i am a shia and am asking for equal rights? I know you are non secetarian and that is why i was using this platform of yours to raise awareness about the discrimination done against Bahraini people simply because they are Shia. If you looked at the video then you would probably know what my entire intention was. My entier intention was to raise awareness about open injustices being done against the people of Bahrain, in their own land. For example:

    @ The entire Ummah bends out shape if a Jewish family is brought from outside to Israle and given citizenship which has been happening since the creation of Israel. Ask a Palestinian how they feel about it? Well isnt that exactly what al-Khalifas are doing by brining outsiders – Pakistanis and yemenis – granting them citizenships to increase the number of Sunnis and letting them stay and take over the lands of original inhabitants? If its done by the zionists its not OK but if its done by muslims its OK?

    @ Dont you think its a bit hypocritical that we – Shia – are not allowed to build mosques in our own cities and towns is nearly every muslim country. Lets take for example in Saudi Arabia but if the tables were turned and Saudis are not allowed to build a mosques in USA, how would they feel? I bet they will raise hell right?

    @ I guess i have mentioned this before as well, there are those who want rights for themselves but dont want to give the exact same rights to others and that is classic hypocrasy.

    My intention is again to bring only and only awareness and to take it any other way is just iniquitist. Are we fanning secetrainism when we – the American muslims – claim that racisim is slowly but surely being spread against muslims by Neo-con Republicans? The answer is NO, we are simply stating the way we are feeling and that exactly what i am doing. Sorry you felt the other way but even if you did, hey this is a Free country and i have the right to express myself. I didnt insult anyone did I? But lastly let me praise you – the very fact that my posts are not being deleted which happens a lot in other sites who also claim to be fighting for equal rights of all – is an example of your being non secetarian and i totally appluad you all for it.

  • Adeel Naeem

    Whats ICNA’s standing on ‘Democracy’ – and whether or not it is from Islam or not?

  • Orlando Rosario

    Leadership Corruption in Islam (From Quraan And Hadith) Oct
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    by muslimah
    Leadership Corruption in Islam (From Quraan And Hadith)

    Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Allah does not punish the individuals for the sins of the community until they see the evil spreading among themselves, and while they have the power to stop it, do not do so.” (Ahmad) Ibn Taimiyyah said: “This is why those who are in authority are of two groups: the scholars and the rulers. If they are upright, the people will be upright; if they are corrupt, the people will be corrupt.”

    Allah says:

    وَيَا قَوْمِ أَوْفُوا الْمِكْيَالَ وَالْمِيزَانَ بِالْقِسْطِ ۖ وَلَا تَبْخَسُوا النَّاسَ أَشْيَاءَهُمْ وَلَا تَعْثَوْا فِي الْأَرْضِ مُفْسِدِينَ

    “And O my people! Give full measure and weight in justice and reduce not the things that are due to the people, and do not commit mischief in the land, causing corruption.” (Surah Hud 11:85)

    Allah also says:

    وَلَا تَرْكَنُوا إِلَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا فَتَمَسَّكُمُ النَّارُ وَمَا لَكُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ مِنْ أَوْلِيَاءَ ثُمَّ لَا تُنْصَرُونَ

    “And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you, and you have no protectors other than Allâh, nor you would then be helped.” (Surah Hud 11:113)

    Be Firm yet Just with a Corrupt Muslim