(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 4/9/08) ­ A representative of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) spoke yesterday at Grand Valley State University in Allendale about Islam’s rejection of religious extremism.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid gave a presentation, titled “Islam’s Position on Extremism and Terrorism,” which focused on the universal Islamic principle of respecting the sanctity of all life and the concept of just war within Islam. Walid also clarified the internal/spiritual aspects of “jihad,” a term that is often mistranslated as “holy war.”
(Note: In Arabic, “jihad” means to “strive, struggle and exert effort.” It is a central and broad Islamic concept that includes struggle against evil inclinations within oneself, struggle to improve the quality of life in society, struggle by military forces in the battlefield for self-defense [e.g., having a standing army for national defense], or fighting against tyranny or oppression.”)
Some 150 students and staff attended the program, which was sponsored by the Muslim Students Association (MSA).
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-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, Tel: 248-842-1418, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org