IMAMS AND MOSQUES URGED TO ENDORSE ANTI-TERROR FATWA

IMAMS AND MOSQUES URGED TO ENDORSE ANTI-TERROR FATWA

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/05) - CAIR is calling on Imams, Muslim
community leaders, mosques, and Islamic organizations throughout the United
States to endorse the recent fatwa against terrorism and religious
extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America.

The fatwa, which was released at a news conference in Washington, D.C.,
on July 28, reads in part: “The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to
reaffirm Islam's absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious
extremism. Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of
violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for
extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through
suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram – or forbidden - and
those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not 'martyrs. . .’

“In the light of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah we clearly and
strongly state: 1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram
(forbidden) in Islam. 2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any
individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or
violence. 3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with
law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians.” To
read the entire fatwa and the current list of endorsers, go to:
http://cair.com/includes/Anti-TerrorList.pdf

The fatwa effort, which was coordinated by CAIR, has already been
endorsed by some 300 Muslim institutions and individuals, including: CAIR,
Islamic Society of North America, Muslim American Society, Muslim Public
Affairs Council, Islamic Circle of North America, Mosque Cares (Imam W
D Muhammad), Muslim Student Association of the US & Canada, and the
Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America.

After Labor Day, the list of those endorsees will be finalized and a
fatwa poster, listing each signatory, will be distributed to opinion
leaders, elected officials and media outlets across America.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
Make sure your mosque, Islamic center or Islamic institution is listed
on the fatwa poster. Fill out the form below and return it to CAIR.
(You may also fill out the form at CAIR’s booth during the ISNA convention
Labor Day weekend in Chicago.)

--- CLIP AND MAIL/FAX/E-MAIL ---

I, _______________________________________, endorse the Fiqh Council of
North America anti-terror fatwa on behalf of my organization or mosque.

Name:
Position:
Organization:
Address:
City:
State:
ZIP:
Phone:
Fax:
E-Mail:
Approximate number of people who attend Friday prayers (mosques only):
_________

RETURN TO:

Attn: Fatwa Endorsement
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
Fax: 202-488-0833
E-Mail: jbrockwell@cair-net.org

- PLEASE POST, COPY AND DISTRIBUTE -

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