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Congressman Lantos attacks Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) treaty as "Treacherous"

Congressman Lantos attacks Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) treaty as "Treacherous"

CAIR today demanded that Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) retract and apologize for “deeply disturbing” remarks in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group describing a treaty signed by Prophet Muhammad as “treacherous.”


In a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that just came to light, Lantos said:


“So let me sketch for a moment how we in Congress see the last few months. Arafat walked away from a dream deal. Apparently, his approach to the peace process was based on the Treaty of 628 at Hudaibiyah, which was a treacherous treaty. Islamic forces made truce with non-Islamic elements, and they had no intention of keeping that agreement. They went on to attack, and destroyed those with whom they had made the treaty.”


“It is deeply disturbing that an elected official defames the Islamic faith and its final Prophet. This demonstrably false smear on the Prophet Muhammad’s reputation is a common 'talking point’ promoted by the pro-Israel lobby as justification for that state’s brutal and racist policies,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad.


In a letter to Lantos, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote:


“The Prophet Muhammad never broke any agreement, regardless of strength or weakness. There is not one shred of evidence to back up this false allegation. With reference to authorities such as Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Saad, Al-Hakim and Bukhari, the following is an outline of the events surrounding the Treaty of Hudaybiah, the usual basis for this false allegation: 1) The Prophet and his companions were prevented by the pagan Arabs from performing their pilgrimage to Mecca (Umrah). Instead of fighting, and despite the willingness of his followers to enforce their religious rights, the Prophet chose a peaceful settlement. 2) Two years later, the pagan Arabs broke the treaty by attacking and killing 20 allies of the Muslims as they slept. It is internationally recognized that when one party breaks a treaty, the other party is released from its obligations. 3) Even after this attack, no bloody revenge was taken against those who broke the treaty. In fact, when the Muslims finally entered Mecca, amnesty was granted to nearly all former enemies. The Quran states: 'Yes, whoever fulfills his pledge and fears Allah much; verily, then Allah loves those who are the pious.’ 3:76. Also: 'And fulfill (every) covenant.’ 17:34”


In 1996, U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman also claimed the Prophet Muhammad had a “doctrine” of deceit in making treaties with enemies while he was weak and violating them when he was strong. In the magazine's June 24, 1996, issue, this claim was retracted. The editors wrote: “…We deeply regret any ambiguity in the language; Mr. Zuckerman meant no insult. He was referring to Mr. Arafat's reference to the Prophet and did not intend to state that this was the doctrine of the Prophet…it was the Meccans, not the prophet Muhammad, who broke the peace of Hudaybiah of 628.”


In 1999, Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) clarified similar offensive remarks claiming the Prophet Muhammad upheld terms of a treaty only when it was politically expedient to do so. The clarification came after Saxton’s office received hundreds of faxes, emails and phone calls from concerned Muslims.

Congressman apologizes to Muslims for smearning Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Congressman apologizes to Muslims for smearning Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) has apologized to Muslims for remarks he made in a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group that described a treaty signed by Prophet Muhammad as “treacherous.” However, he failed to retract his specific allegation about the Prophet’s actions. Lantos’ response came after hundreds of Muslims called, faxed and e-mailed his office to express outrage at his remarks.


In a letter to CAIR, Lantos wrote:


“…let me make very clear that I intended no offense to Muslim believers nor any defamation of the Prophet Muhammad…and I regret any pain caused, however inadvertently. I fully respect Islam as one of the world’s great religions and civilizations and as a faith that provides spiritual comfort and uplift to hundreds of millions…Making a historical judgment on the events of 628-630 A.D. is well beyond my Congressional responsibilities. I had no desire to do so, and, to the extent that I allowed for such an understanding of my intent, I regret it.”


“We thank all those who took the time and effort to express their outrage at these defamatory remarks. May Allah bless them for defending Prophet Muhammad. While Representative Lantos says he had no intent to defame the Prophet Muhammad, he does not clearly retract his false allegation that the Prophet’s actions were 'treacherous,’” said Awad in response to Lantos’ letter. Awad also criticized representatives of the pro-Israel lobby for continuing to promote this slur against the Prophet Muhammad as an anti-Muslim “talking point.” CAIR has requested a meeting with Lantos to discuss a full retraction of his allegations.


Lantos’ offensive remarks, which were made in March but just recently came to light, were included in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Lantos said: “So let me sketch for a moment how we in Congress see the last few months. Arafat walked away from a dream deal. Apparently, his approach to the peace process was based on the Treaty of 628 at Hudaibiyah, which was a treacherous treaty. Islamic forces made truce with non-Islamic elements, and they had no intention of keeping that agreement. They went on to attack, and destroyed those with whom they had made the treaty.”


In an August 2nd letter to Lantos, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad wrote: “The Prophet Muhammad never broke any agreement, regardless of strength or weakness. There is not one shred of evidence to back up this false allegation…The Quran states: 'Yes, whoever fulfills his pledge and fears Allah much; verily, then Allah loves those who are the pious’…'And fulfill (every) covenant.’”


In 1996, U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman claimed the Prophet Muhammad had a “doctrine” of deceit in making treaties with enemies while he was weak and violating them when he was strong. The magazine’s editors later wrote: “...We deeply regret any ambiguity in the language; Mr. Zuckerman meant no insult. He was referring to Mr. Arafat's reference to the Prophet and did not intend to state that this was the doctrine of the Prophet...it was the Meccans, not the prophet Muhammad, who broke the peace of Hudaybiah of 628.”
In 1999, Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) clarified similar offensive remarks claiming the Prophet Muhammad upheld terms of a treaty only when it was politically expedient to do so.

Muslims asked to offer help for victims of terrorist attacks

Muslims asked to offer help for victims of terrorist attacks

CAIR is calling on Muslims nationwide to offer whatever assistance they can to help the victims of today’s terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.


Muslims in local communities should take the following IMMEDIATE ACTIONS:


  • Muslim medical professionals are asked to go to the scenes of the attacks to offer aid and comfort to the victims.
  • Muslim relief agencies should contact their counterparts to offer support in the recovery efforts.
  • Individual Muslims should donate blood by contacting the local office of the Red Cross. (Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.) They should also send donations to those relief agencies that are on the scene of the attacks.


    CAIR asks community members to 1) REPORT INCIDENTS of anti-Muslim harassment or attacks (Report to the police and then to CAIR. See attached “Incident Report Form.”) and 2) ISSUE LOCAL STATEMENTS TO THE MEDIA (see below) condemning the attacks and offering condolences for the victims. It is also suggested that steps be taken to increase security around mosques and Islamic centers. (In the first few days following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma, Muslims reported more than 200 incidents of harassment, threats and actual violence. CAIR has already received reports of verbal harassment against Muslim women who wear head scarves.) Security precautions suggested by CAIR include:


  • Those who wear Islamic attire should consider staying out of public areas for the immediate future.
  • Request additional police patrols in the vicinity of mosques.
  • Post mosque members at entrances and parking areas during prayer times.
  • Report suspicious packages to police.
  • Document descriptions of suspicious people or vehicles.


    SAMPLE PRESS STATEMENT: (Fill in appropriate information in bracketed items and send to local TV assignment editors, newspapers city editors, radio news directors, and wire service bureau news editors. Call local media outlets to obtain contact information.)


    U.S. MUSLIMS CONDEMN TERRORIST ATTACKS


    ([CITY, STATE]- 9/11/2001) - Muslims in [CITY] today condemned the apparent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and offered condolences to the families of those who were killed or injured.
    In a statement, local Muslim representatives said:


    “We condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts.


    “All members of the Muslim community are asked to offer whatever help they can to the victims and their families. Muslim medical professionals should go to the scenes of the attacks to offer aid and comfort to the victims. Muslim relief agencies should contact their counterparts to offer support in the recovery efforts. Individual Muslims should donate blood by contacting the local office of the Red Cross. They should also send donations to those relief agencies that are on the scene of the attacks.


    “We further call on media professionals to exercise restraint and not draw premature conclusions as to who was responsible for the apparent attacks.”

  • Take Action Report an Incident