CAIR-MI: Forum at Mosque will Echo Plea for Muslim Unity


Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims in metro Detroit say they will continue this week to call for unity in light of sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Since Friday, public forums have been held inside Michigan mosques, featuring both Sunni and Shi'ite speakers. A similar program will take place Friday at the Unity Center mosque in Bloomfield Hills. . .

"We have to stand in Iraq together," said Imam Husham Al-Husainy, head of the Karbalaa Center. "No matter how much they try to divide us, we will be united."

The forum Monday night featured Sunni, Shi'ite and Iraqi Christian leaders.

"It is our duty to show to people a true picture of Islam," said Shaykh Musa, a Sunni leader from the Unity Center mosque who attended Monday's forum.

Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, a Shi'ite leader who heads the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, said Muslims must stop the "disease of extremism."

Dawud Walid, a Sunni leader who is director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, urged the crowd: "Don't divide yourself."


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