CAIR CONDEMNS ATTACKS ON IRAQI PILGRIMS
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/6/07) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned a series of attacks on Iraqi pilgrims that left more than 100 people dead and many more injured.
The pilgrims were heading to the city of Karbala to commemorate Arbain, the end of a 40-day mourning period since Ashura, which marks the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson in 680.
SEE: Attacks Kill 149 Shi’ite Pilgrims in Iraq (Reuters)
In a statement, the Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said:
“We condemn these cowardly attacks on innocent pilgrims and demand that the perpetrators be apprehended and brought to justice. There can be no justification or excuse for these obvious attempts to divide the Iraqi people along sectarian lines.
“The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ‘A Muslim is the brother of (every other) Muslim. He neither oppresses him nor humiliates him nor looks down on him. . .All things of a (fellow) Muslim are inviolable for his brother in faith; his blood, his wealth and his honor.’
“We call on our brothers and sisters in Iraq to reach out to one another in a spirit of unity and mutual respect and to begin a process of national reconciliation.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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