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 - For Immediate Release & Distribution  -


CHICAGO MUSLIMS ENDORSE NATIONAL FATWA AGAINST TERROR


July 29, 2005

In a local Press Conference held Friday, Chicago Muslim Organizations officially endorsed the recently issued formal Islamic decree reaffirming that terrorism is prohibited under Islamic Law

(CHICAGO, IL, 7/29/05) – A number of leading Chicago Muslim organizations today publicly endorsed the fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) against terrorism and extremism during a news conference held this morning at the Downtown Islamic Center. The fatwa, recently issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), is endorsed by more than 150 U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. (The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic jurisprudence.) The following leaders and representatives were present at the Chicago Press Conference:
 
  · Laila Muhammad – Imam W. D. Muhammad Ministry, The Mosque Cares
 
  · Abdul Malik Mujahid - The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)
 
  · Yaser Tabbara & Ahmed Rehab – The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Chicago Chapter
 
  · Sheikh Kifah Mustapha - The Mosque Foundation
 
  · Dr. Nasrullah Basha - Chairman, School Committee of the Islamic Foundation
 
  · Rabeh Salamah - Islamic Community Center of Illinois
 
  · Gholam Farrouqi – Islamic Community Center of Des Plaines
 
  The text of the Fatwa reads in part: "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. We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Qur'an, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad - peace be upon him."
 
  SEE THE FULL FATWA TEXT AT: http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/fatwa-english.txt
 
  In a statement read at the news conference, CAIR-Chicago Communications Director Ahmed Rehab said: "Muslims who resort to terrorism are a universal menace that must be dealt with at all fronts. As representatives of Chicagoland’s Muslims, and in solidarity with Muslims around the country who are holding similar conferences today, we unequivocally condemn terrorism and abhor the use of violence against innocent people in the name of Islam. The fatwa decidedly states that violence and extremism has no place in Islam. Muslims have a religious obligation to contribute constructively to any society in which they live – to champion what is good and challenge what is evil." CAIR-Chicago urged that the fatwa be read by Imams, or Islamic prayer leaders, at Friday prayers across the United States.
 
  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. To learn more about the Chicago Chapter, visit http://www.cairchicago.org/aboutus.php .
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  CONTACT: Ahmed Rehab, 847-971-3963 or 312-212-1520, E-Mail: communications@cairchicago.org, Yaser Tabbara, 312-718-3725 or 312-212-1520, E-mail: director@cairchicago.org;