(MIAMI, FL, 09/10/08) – The Nur Ul Islam Academy today held a solemn ceremony to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Altaf Ali, executive director of the South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFL), was the keynote speaker at the event in Cooper City, Fla.
In 2005, CAIR coordinated a fatwa, or religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism that was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by more than 120 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions.
It stated 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.’”
SEE: U.S. Muslim Religious Council Issues Fatwa Against Terrorism
SEE: CAIR’s Anti-Terrorism Campaigns
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-SFL Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-298-8214; E-Mail: email@example.com