On Thursday the world witnessed the bombing and terrorizing of innocent people in London. The Muslim community in Cincinnati, the United States and around the world joins people of all faiths in condemning these inexcusable acts of terror. The killing of innocent people is a heinous crime no matter their nationality or faith. Those who have claimed responsibility for these crimes have no regard for human life. This is a sad moment for all of humanity. The Quran, the book of scripture for Muslims, is very clear that the taking of innocent human life is forbidden. Justice is one of the main themes of Islam.
Those who commit acts of terror and murder and claim that they do it in the name of Islam are betraying the most basic teachings of the very faith they claim to uphold. The Muslim community categorically disassociates itself from those whose criminal actions are perpetrated in contradiction to the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him. The Muslim community grieves and prays for those killed and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. We pray that peace will soon prevail in our world. Karen Dabdoub is the Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter in Cincinnati.