(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/12) NBC--- The Council on American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR) today condemned the "disgraceful" killings of American
diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to
control the political and religious discourse worldwide.
Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, made
that statement at a noon news conference today on Capitol Hill in
Washington, D.C., at which representatives of CAIR and other Muslim
organizations* condemned both the killings of the U.S. ambassador to
Libya and three other diplomats in that nation and the attack on the
American embassy in Egypt. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"We condemn the
disgraceful killings of the American diplomats in Libya in the
strongest terms possible. We also condemn the attack on our nation's
diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers
are totally inexcusable and un-Islamic.
"We agree with Secretary Clinton, who said that 'violence like this
is no way to honor religion or faith.' The extremists who carried out
these attacks deserve punishment, and the extremists who produced and
promoted an intentionally inflammatory film deserve condemnation.
traditions include a number of instances in which the Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) had the opportunity to retaliate against those who
abused him, but refrained from doing so.
One tradition, or
hadith, states: 'You [Muhammad] do not do evil to those who do evil to
you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.' (Sahih
"Muslims are also taught the tradition of the woman
who would regularly throw trash on the prophet as he walked down a
particular path. The prophet never responded in kind to the woman's
abuse. Instead, when she one day failed to attack him, he went to her
home to inquire about her condition.
"In another tradition, the
prophet was offered the opportunity to have God punish the people of a
town near Mecca who refused the message of Islam and attacked him with
stones. Again, the prophet did not choose to respond in kind to the
"We must not let extremists control the political or
religious discourse. That means that people of all beliefs should
repudiate those who would commit acts of violence in response to
intentional provocations and repudiate those whose only goal is
offending religious sentiments."
CAIR yesterday called on Muslims
in the Middle East to ignore the distribution of the "trashy"
anti-Islam film, clips of which are circulating online, that resulted in
the attacks in Libya and Egypt.*NOTE: Other organizations represented at the news conference included
the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society --
Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS-PACE), the Council of Muslim
Organizations of the Greater Washington, D.C., Area (CMO), the Libyan
Emergency Task Force, and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.]
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