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S. Calif. Imams Use Friday Sermons to Condemn Terror

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 9/27/07) – On September 28, imams (prayer leaders) of a number of Southern California’s largest mosques will denounce terrorism during their Friday “khutbas,” or sermons. The imams will reiterate the need for Muslims in America and abroad to stand on the side of justice and peace, and against violence.

WHAT: S. Calif. Imams Use Friday Sermons to Condemn Terror
WHEN: Friday, September 28, During Early Afternoon Prayers
WHERE: Southern California Mosques

CONTACT: Munira Syeda, communications coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Greater Los Angeles Area. Phone: (714) 776-1847, (714) 851-4851. E-mail:

The sermons are particularly significant because they are being given during the month-long Ramadan fast.

“Too often, Islamic sermons condemning terrorism receive little or no attention, leading to the misperception that mosques are places that breed religious extremism,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, religious director of the Islamic Center of Orange County and the chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California. “The month of Ramadan provides an excellent opportunity for us to come together and give a united voice to the peaceful teachings promulgated by Islam and to share a message of goodwill with our friends and neighbors throughout the Southland.&rdquo

Speaking to thousands of worshippers, the imams’ Ramadan message will stress respect for the sanctity of life, rejection of violence and will encourage worshipers to act as agents of peace and goodwill in their local communities.

The imams will also call on Muslims to reach out to their neighbors and co-workers to build friendships and promote mutual understanding during Ramadan and throughout the year.

“We applaud this positive initiative by the imams and hope that such coordinated efforts will spread around the nation and the world,” said Munira Syeda, communications coordinator for the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA).


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