Imams and Mosques Urged to Endorse Anti-Terror Fatwa

ACTION REQUESTED: (WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/15/05) - CAIR is calling on Imams, Muslim community leaders, mosques, and Islamic organizations throughout the United States to endorse the recent fatwa against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America.

The fatwa, which was released at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on July 28, reads in part:

"The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam's absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism. Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not 'martyrs. . .'

"In the light of the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state: 1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam. 2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence. 3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians." To read the entire fatwa and the current list of endorsers, go to: http://cair.com/includes/Anti-TerrorList.pdf

The fatwa effort, which was coordinated by CAIR, has already been endorsed by some 300 Muslim institutions and individuals, including: CAIR, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim American Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Islamic Circle of North America, Mosque Cares (Imam W D Muhammad), Muslim Student Association of the US & Canada, and the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America.

After Labor Day, the list of those endorsees will be finalized and a fatwa poster, listing each signatory, will be distributed to opinion leaders, elected officials and media outlets across America.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED: Make sure your mosque, Islamic center or Islamic institution is listed on the fatwa poster. Fill out the form below and return it to CAIR. (You may also fill out the form at CAIR's booth during the ISNA convention Labor Day weekend in Chicago.) --- CLIP AND MAIL/FAX/E-MAIL --- I, _______________________________________, endorse the Fiqh Council of North America anti-terror fatwa on behalf of my organization or mosque. Name: Position: Organization: Address: City: State: ZIP: Phone: Fax: E-Mail: Approximate number of people who attend Friday prayers (mosques only): _________ RETURN TO: Attn: Fatwa Endorsement Council on American-Islamic Relations 453 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC 20003 Fax: 202-488-0833 E-Mail: jbrockwell@cair-net.org

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