American Muslims stand by President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton in strongly condemning the attacks on the US Embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. At this time, American Muslims have the families of those lost in our thoughts and prayers. We honor them and their commitment. There is no justification for this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.
American Muslims unequivocally support the right to free speech, and the responsibilities that come with it. We believe that we can defend freedom of speech and criticize bigotry. Just as we stand against anti-Semitism, we stand against anti-Muslim diatribes.
In Islam, there is no justification for violent acts of this kind. We believe in the peaceful example of the Prophet PBUH who said “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say the good or remain silent.”
If you are an American Muslim and you agree, please post the above statement to your blog or Facebook page. Also, if you aree on Twitter, please join our Twitter campaign against religious violence using the hashtag, #NoToViolence.
Here are suggested Tweets for you to use:
We unequivocally oppose the senseless violence in Libya and Egypt #NoToViolence
We believe in the right to free speech and the responsibilities that come with it #NoToViolence
We are deeply saddened by the loss of life #NoToViolence
We believe in religious dialouge #NoToViolence
There is no justification for violence done in the Prophet’s name regardless of provocation #NoToViolence
Extremism begets extremism #NoToViolence
We will not let extremists – American or Arab – win #NoToViolence
Zero tolerance for intolerance #NoToViolence
We uphold freedom of speech and will invoke it to criticize bigotry #NoToViolence
There is no justification for violent acts against civilians or diplomatic personnel #NoToViolence
The Prophet SAW said, “whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say the good or remain silent” #NoToViolence