CAIR Condemns New Delhi Bombings
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned bomb attacks in New Delhi, India, that left more than 60 people dead and many more injured.
Simultaneous blasts Saturday evening targeted a bus and two markets crowded with people shopping for an upcoming Hindu festival. Many of the victims were women and children.
In a statement, CAIR said: “The cruelty of these brutal acts, and their timing so as to inflict maximum casualties, is beyond comprehension. We condemn the bombings, offer condolences to the loved ones of the victims and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators.
“No political cause can ever be served by such acts. These actions will never bring relief to any grievance and will only serve to foster discord and misunderstanding between people of different faiths.”
In 2004, CAIR launched a petition drive, called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. The petition, signed by some 700,000 Muslims, states in part: “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.”
That petition was later turned into a television and radio public service announcement (PSA) distributed in English, Arabic and Urdu.
To view the PSA, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram
In July, CAIR coordinated the release of a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America and endorsed by hundreds of U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions.
The fatwa states in part:
“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.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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.