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In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

(RALEIGH, NC, 3/14/06) – On Wednesday, March 15, leaders of the North Carolina Muslim community will hold a press conference in Raleigh to repudiate remarks made by Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, justifying his recent attack on students at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in the name of Islam.

Taheri-azar, who is charged with nine counts of attempted murder for driving his vehicle through a plaza on the campus, distributed a two-page letter justifying the attack to a local television station.

WHAT: NC Muslim Press Conference Repudiating Use of Islam to Justify UNC Attack
WHEN: Wednesday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Islamic Association of Raleigh, 808 Atwater St., Raleigh, NC
CONTACT: Zakir Hussain 919-602-7961,; Imran Aukhil, 919-931-7106,; Hani Chohan 919-961-6132,

A spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) told the Associated Press: “Islamic scholars have clearly and repeatedly stated that attacks on innocent civilians of any kind are prohibited by Islam and should be repudiated. There are people who have strange views about any number of faiths and they shouldn’t be taken as representative of those faiths.”

CAIR is recommending that Taheri-azar be given a thorough psychological evaluation.

In 2004, CAIR launched an online petition drive, called “Not in the Name of Islam,” designed to disassociate Islam from the violent acts of a few Muslims. Millions of American television viewers have seen CAIR’s public service announcement (PSA) based on the petition drive.

Last year, CAIR coordinated the release of a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by hundreds of U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. To read the fatwa or the petition, or to view the PSA, go to:

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CAIR CONTACTS: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:


Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
Tel: 202-488-8787, 202-744-7726
Fax: 202-488-0833


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