ISNA & CAIR Condemn Barbaric Attack and Murders of Catholic Worshipers in Iraq
“ISNA believes in the rights of all people to worship freely without fear of intimidation or violence” said Imam Mohamed Magid, ISNA president. “The level of violence in this incident only heightens our responsibility to speak out against religious intolerance and hatred.” He added. ISNA supports religious freedom in words and actions. In the past, the ADAMS center, an affiliate of ISNA and where Imam Magid serves as an executive director, raised funds to rebuild churches that were destroyed by extremists in Pakistan.
“Not long ago our partners in interfaith, from the Catholic community, stood with us here in America to condemn religious intolerance against Muslim places of worship; today, we stand with them as they grieve the loss of their fellow Catholics and reiterate our commitment to the right of their community to worship freely in Iraq” Said Dr Sayyid Syeed, ISNA National Director for interfaith and community alliances.
CAIR CONDEMNS ATTACK ON IRAQI CHURCH, THREAT TO CHRISTIANS – www.CAIR.com
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/10) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has condemned a recent threat against Iraq’s Christian community and a deadly attack in which dozens of Iraqi Christians were killed in a Baghdad church on Sunday.
The group claiming responsibility for the attack, an umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, reportedly threatened “all Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers” in an online statement.
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn this attack on a house of worship in the strongest possible terms and repudiate the groups that perpetrate such heinous crimes. The Christian community has a long and honored tradition in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. The lives and religious rights of members of that community must be protected. Threatening people, especially basing such threats on their religion, is immoral and contrary to Islamic principles and teachings about people of other faith traditions. The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘A believer is one from whom the people’s blood and wealth are safe.'”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.