I was just horrified when I saw on the news that another American, Paul M. Johnson Jr., had been kidnapped and murdered. Oh, not again, and not in the so-called name of Islam.

I want to say for myself, family and the majority of the Muslims around the world that we condemn this act of senseless violence and repudiate all those who believe such murderous behavior benefits the faith of Islam or the Muslim people.

Those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam.

We repudiate and disassociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and unIslamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.


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