(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/11/05) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned the bombing of a funeral gathering yesterday near a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that killed dozens of mourners. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement: “No cause could possibly justify the killing of innocent people gathered to mourn at a house of worship. We condemn yesterday’s attack in the strongest possible terms and pray for those who were killed or injured.
We also offer sincere condolences to the families of the victims.” CAIR recently launched an online petition drive, called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. (SEE: The “Not in the Name of Islam” petition states: “We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that 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 dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic 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.” CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About