A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today launched an online petition drive designed to disassociate the faith of Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims.
The petition on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) web site (www.cair-net.org), called “Not in the Name of Islam,” allows Muslims and other people of conscience around the world to help correct misperceptions of Islam and that faith’s stance on religiously-motivated terror.
The “Not in the Name of Islam” petition states:
“We, the undersigned, wish to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror and murder in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also devastating the image 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 disassociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. Islam must not be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside both the boundaries of their faith and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.”
CAIR’s petition drive comes following the videotaped beheading of an American civilian in Iraq that shocked television viewers worldwide.
“We hope this effort will demonstrate once and for all that Muslims in America and throughout the Islamic world reject violence committed in the name of Islam,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. “People of all faiths must do whatever they can to help end the downward spiral of mutual hostility and hatred that is engulfing our world.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 26 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.