On behalf of the St. Louis Muslim community, the Council on American-Islamic Relations condemns the murder of our fellow American, Paul M. Johnson, in Saudi Arabia on Friday, as well as the killing of Kim Sun-il of South Korea on Tuesday at the hands of terrorists.

The senseless violence in the region is in no way, shape or form reflective of the teachings of Islam. We repudiate all acts of violence and dissociate ourselves from any group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts, even if they call themselves Muslims.

This murder was committed by severely misguided individuals who acted outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Mohammed. Nothing can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam.

We offer condolences and prayers to the families of both victims.

Kamal Yassin is with the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


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