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Islam In America

Islam In America

Salman Rushdie

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Sir Salman Rushdie has said he does not think his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses would be published today because of a climate of ‘fear and nervousness’.”

Read the whole BBC story here.

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War Crimes in Syria

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Reuters, “United Nations human rights investigators said on Monday [17 September 2012] they had drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes who ought to be prosecuted.”

What can American Muslims do about the violence in Syria?

What can American Muslims do to help the refugees who have fled to Lebanon and Turkey?

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Coptic Christian & Muslim Leaders to Hold Joint Press Conference in Los Angeles

posted by Suzy Shuraym

On Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at 11 a.m. PST, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Los Angeles, will hold a press conference to stand together in strongly condemning all violent reactions that have been playing out over the past several days in the Middle East, according to a press release dated today [Sunday, 16 September 2012]. The release continues as follows:

His Grace Bishop Serapion, Bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles and MPAC Senior Adviser Dr. Maher Hathout will stress the importance of the faith community standing together in light of the spreading attacks and rising tensions sparked by the amateur hate video, “Innocence of Muslims.”

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“Our religions teach us to respond to hate speech with good speech and good work,” Dr. Hathout said. “The behavior exhibited does not speak for the majority of Muslims and are the actions of a small group. This irrational behavior cannot be allowed to spread, and this movie cannot be allowed to dictate our actions.”

“The actions of a few ignorant individuals do not represent the collective Diaspora Copts, nor do they represent the collective Muslim community,” Bishop Serapion said. “As Christians, we are proud of our core values that teach love and respect of others and we must act with accordance to our beliefs. It is in moments like these that we stand with those who share a common respect of all religions and love of humanity.”

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In a statement to be released at the press conference on Monday, the two religious leaders will condemn desecration directed at any religion and condemn any attacks against religious communities, Coptic or Muslim in particular, both in Egypt and the U.S. Coptic Christian and Muslim leaders in Los Angeles have been meeting for the purposes of peacemaking and mutual understanding.

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CAIR Releases Video Appeal in Arabic

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From the Council on American-Islamic Relations
15 September 2012

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a video appeal in Arabic to those protesting an anti-Islam film, portions of which have been circulating on the Internet.

In the video, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad tells viewers in the Middle East that ordinary Americans and the U.S. government should not be blamed for the religious hatred expressed in the film.

He explains that the low-quality production was designed to provoke religious sensitivities and to distract from the positive efforts being undertaken to improve newly-free societies in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Awad’s appeal notes that the controversy over the film distracts from more important issues such as the struggle for freedom in Syria, the need for justice for the Palestinian people and ongoing killings of Muslims in Burma.

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He quoted a verse in the Qu’ran, Islam’s revealed text, which states that no soul will carry the burdens of another and asked viewers to emulate Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, who did not retaliate in kind to personal abuse. He also urged protesters to put their energies into rebuilding their societies.

Awad’s video appeal was filmed against a backdrop of a verse from the Qu’ran, which states: “A goodly word (is) like a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches (reach) to the heavens.” (14:24)

It ends with the recitation of a verse from the Quran: “You have indeed in the Messenger of God [Muhammad] a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in God and the Final Day, and who engages much in the Praise of God.” (33:21)

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Earlier this week, CAIR condemned the killings of American diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide.

CAIR made that statement at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at which representatives of CAIR and other Muslim organizations condemned both the killings of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats in that nation and the attack on the American embassy in Egypt.

CAIR had previously called on Muslims in the Middle East to ignore the distribution of the “trashy” anti-Islam film that resulted in the attacks in Libya, Egypt and other nations throughout the Muslim world.

Here’s CAIR’s video:

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