(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/8/05) – Local and national representatives of the American Muslim community met today with the British ambassador in Washington, D.C., to offer condolences for the deaths and injuries suffered in yesterday’s bomb attacks in London. The Muslim delegation included representatives of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations in the Washington, D.C., area. Prior to meeting with Ambassador David Manning, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed signed the embassy’s book of condolences set up following Thursday’s bombings. In the meeting, Ahmed and the other Muslim leaders reiterated their community’s condemnation of the attacks and expressed solidarity with the people of Britain. Ambassador Manning told the Muslim visitors that the bombings targeted every segment of his nation’s multicultural population and that the attacks should not be linked to Islam, which he described as a faith of “peace, reconciliation and tolerance.”
Yesterday, CAIR called the subway and bus bombings “barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused.” (SEE: www.cair.com) The group also called on Muslims to offer condolences at British diplomatic offices nationwide and urged prayer leaders (Imams) in American mosques to condemn terrorism in their Friday sermons. (Friday is the day of congregational prayer in Islam.) CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 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. To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to: http://www.cair-net.org/default.asp?Page=About
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