(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/5/16) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called for unity against ISIS following a series of deadly attacks apparently carried out or inspired by that terror group in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
â€œWe no longer need to make the argument that ISIS is acting outside the bounds of Islam. They have clearly demonstrated that fact by their actions. Over the past two years, these mass murderers have repeatedly attacked innocent people without regard to the principles or norms of any belief system. These attacks culminated in yesterday's bombing outside the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city of Medina.
“We call on world and regional powers to put aside their differences to defeat these extremists, to remove the brutal Assad dictatorship in Syria and to work to establish regional stability, without which a defeated ISIS will be replaced by another extremist group feeding off the death and destruction we witness daily.â€
Awad recommended the use of the hashtag #StopCallingISISIslamic for other individuals and groups to offer similar statements against the ISIS terror group.
CAIR recently expressed solidarity with the people of Turkey following a terror attack in Istanbul that left more than 45 people dead and many more injured.
American Muslim organizations have consistently and repeatedly condemned terrorism in all its forms.
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