A GLOBAL CRY for peace was answered on Tuesday in the halls of San Bruno’s Al Madinah Academy, as Moi Din joined hundreds of Muslim leaders from California to Great Britain in support of a “fatwa” condemning terrorism and religious extremism. “We’re totally against terrorism because there is no such thing in Islam,” said Din, president of the Al Madinah Academy and mosque. “Islam is about peace.” This was precisely the message behind the fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, that was issued Thursday by the Fiqh Council of North America, a group of Islamic legal scholars who interpret Muslim law. The anti-terror declaration, which comes in the face of a widespread post-9/11 backlash toward many followers of Islam, is part of the Muslim community’s effort to disassociate the faith from the violent acts of extremists. “In all cultures, there are good people and bad people. Some of the radical Muslims go beyond that, and that’s not right,” Din said. “We’re not supportive of those kinds of organiza7tions or people at all.” International impact Sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America, the fatwa has made an international impact, drawing support from Muslim leaders in the United States, Asia and Europe. (MORE)


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