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Muslim American Organizations That Condemned 9-11 (reference)

This blog entry documents the condemnation by Muslim-American associations and organizations of the 9-11 attack in 2001 that killed over 3,000 people. It has been posted here for reference only.


Muslim associations and organizations that condemned 9-11 (source: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.rissc.jo/index.php/english-publications/islam-series/245-condemning-terrorism.html)

The American Muslim Political Coordination Council (AMPCC):
American Muslims utterly condemn what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts of terrorism against innocent civilians. We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts.
September 11, 2001, Washington D.C.

The American Muslim Alliance (AMA) Condemns Terrorist Attack:
Dr. Agha Saeed, the National Chair of the American Muslim Alliance: “These attacks are against both divine and human laws and we condemn them in the strongest terms. The Muslim Americans join the nation in calling for swift apprehension and stiff punishment of the perpetrators, and offer our sympathies to the victims and their families.
September 11, 2001, Newark, California

AMC Deplores the Attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon:
The American Muslim Council (AMC) strongly condemns this morning's plane attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and expresses deep sorrow for Americans that were injured and killed. The AMC sends out its condolences to all victims of this cowardly terrorist attack. There is no cause that justifies this type of immoral and inhumane act that has affected so many innocent American lives. The AMC supports all efforts of the investigation in order to track down the people responsible for this tragic act of terrorism.
September 11, 2001, Washington D.C.

American Muslims for Jerusalem Condemn the Terrorist Attacks:
Joining the Muslim community around the country, the Washington-based American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ) is appalled and strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and other parts of the country. AMJ sends out its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these cowardly attacks.
September 11, 2001, Washington D.C.

ISNA Condemns Terrorist Attacks:
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) joins Muslim Americans and all Americans in expressing its deep sorrow over the apparently deliberate air-crashes in New York and Washington, D.C. that have led to the loss of countless innocent lives.
ISNA joins Muslim organisations throughout North America in condemning these apparent terrorist attacks and calls upon Muslim Americans to come forward with their skills and resources to help alleviate the suffering of the affected people and their families. ISNA condemns these apparently senseless acts of terrorism against innocent civilians, which will only be counterproductive to any agenda the perpetrators may have had in mind. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral acts.
We join with all Americans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators, and call upon our justice system to maintain strict standards of justice and fairness in these trying times. We also urge the media to exercise restraint, and to act responsibly when reporting on these terrorist attacks. Until the perpetrators are brought to justice, all media reports should be accurate, restrained and sensitive. Let us pray to God that He may Guide us all to keep firm in following our principles and offer relief to the victims of violence wherever they may be.
Signatories:
American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers, Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Medical Association of North America, Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Society of North America, Ministry of Imam W. Deen Muhammad, Muslim American Society, Muslim Public Affairs Council


Shari'ah Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) Condemns Terrorist Attacks:
The Shari'ah Scholars Association of North America (SSANA) strongly condemn this morning's plane attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon and expresses its deep sorrow for Americans that were injured and killed. SSANA sends out its condolences to all victims of this cowardly terrorist attack. There is no cause that justifies this type of immoral and inhumane act that has affected so many innocent American lives. SSANA supports all efforts to investigate and immediately
capture the evil persons responsible for these immoral and cowardly acts. Certainly, there is no justification for these acts from either an Islamic perspective or, in truth, from the perspective of any other moral and freedom-loving people. These acts diminish the freedom of all Americans, including American Muslims. Our condolences go out to all of the victims of these inhumane acts.
September 11, 2001, Detroit, MI


Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference:
Following the bloody attacks against major buildings and installations in the United States yesterday, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, Secretary-General of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), stated that he was shocked and deeply saddened when he heard of these attacks which led to the death and injury of a very large number of innocent American citizens. Dr. Belkeziz said he was denouncing and condemning these criminal and brutal acts that run counter to all covenants, humanitarian values and divine religions, foremost among which is Islam.
September 12, 2011, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Chairman of the Sunnah and Sirah Council, Qatar:
Our hearts bleed for the attacks that have targeted the World Trade Centre (WTC), as well as other institutions in the United States despite our strong oppositions to the American biased policy towards Israel on the military, political and economic fronts. Islam, the religion of tolerance, holds the human soul in high esteem, and considers the attack against innocent human beings a grave sin, this is backed by the Qur'anic verse which reads: "Whosoever kills a human being [as punishment] for [crimes] other than manslaughter or [sowing] corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he has killed all mankind, and whosoever saves the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind". (Al-Ma'idah, 5:32);
September 13, 2001


Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), prominent British Muslim:
I wish to express my heartfelt horror at the indiscriminate terrorist attacks committed against innocent people of the United States yesterday. While it is still not clear who carried out the attack, it must be stated that no right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: the Qur'an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence as well as all those injured; I hope to reflect the feelings of all Muslims and people around the world whose sympathies go out to the victims at this sorrowful moment.
On singing an a cappella version of "Peace Train" for the Concert for New York City: After the tragedy, my heart was heavy with sadness and shock, and I was determined to help in some way. Organisers asked me to take part in a message for tolerance and sing "Peace Train" Of course, I agreed … As a Muslim from the West, it is important to me to let people know that these acts of mass murder have nothing to do with Islam and the beliefs of Muslims.
September 13, 2001


Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Al-Tantawi, Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Egypt:
Attacking innocent people is not courageous, it is stupid and will be punished on the Day of Judgement … It is not courageous to attack innocent children, women and civilians. It is courageous to protect freedom, it is courageous to defend oneself and not to attack.
September 14, 2001


Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, spiritual guide of the Hizbullah movement in Lebanon:
Beside the fact that they are forbidden by Islam, these acts do not serve those who carried them out but their victims, who will reap the sympathy of the whole world … Islamists who live according to the human values of Islam could not commit such crimes.
September 14, 2001, Agence France Presse


Fatwa from 'Abdul-'Aziz bin 'Abdullah bin Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, President of the Committee of Major Scholars and the Centre for Knowledge-Based Research and Verdicts
As for the very dangerous occurrences that have happened in the United States of America, on account of which thousands of souls have passed away; Islamic Shari'ah (legislation) does not sanction such actions which are not from this religion. These actions do not agree with the spirit and foundations of Shari'ah from numerous angles.
September 15, 2001


Hamza Yusuf, American Muslim leader:
Religious zealots of any creed are defeated people who lash out in desperation, and they often do horrific things. And if these people [who committed murder on September 11] indeed are Arabs, Muslims, they’re obviously very sick people and I can’t even look at it in religious terms. It’s politics, tragic politics. There’s no Islamic justification for any of it … You can’t kill innocent people. There’s no Islamic declaration of war against the United States. I think every Muslim country except Afghanistan has an embassy in this country.
And in Islam, a country where you have embassies is not considered a belligerent country. In Islam, the only wars that are permitted are between armies and they should engage on battlefields and engage nobly. The Prophet Muhammad said: “Do not kill women or children or non-combatants and do not kill old people or religious people,” and he mentioned priests, nuns and rabbis. And he said: “Do not cut down fruit-bearing trees and do not poison the wells of your enemies.” The Hadith, the sayings of the Prophet, say that no one can punish with fire except the lord of fire. It’s prohibited to burn anyone in Islam as a punishment. No one can grant these attackers any legitimacy. It was evil.
September 15, 2001 San Jose Mercury News


Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, supreme jurist-ruler of Iran:
The killing of people, in any place and with any kind of weapon, including atomic bombs, long-range missiles, biological or chemical weapons, passenger or war planes, carried out by any organisation, country or individuals is condemned … It makes no difference whether such massacres happen in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Qana, Sabra, Shatila, Deir Yassin, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq or in New York and Washington.
September 16, 2001, Islamic Republic News Agency


Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf Islahi, Pakistani-American Muslim leader:
The sudden barbaric attack on innocent citizens living in peace is extremely distressing and deplorable. Every gentle human heart goes out to the victims of this attack and as humans we are ashamed at the barbarism perpetrated by a few people. Islam, which is a religion of peace and tolerance, condemns this act and sees this as a wounding scar on the face of humanity. I appeal to Muslims to strongly condemn this act, express unity with the victims' relatives, donate blood, money and do whatever it takes to help the affected people.


Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Hanooti, Palestinian-American Mufti and member of the North American Fiqh Council:
The people who attacked the WTC and Pentagon and hijacked the fourth plane that crashed in Pennsylvania are criminals who deserve the severest punishment as the Qur'an elaborates. They are murderers and terrorists. If there were any person who felt happy for that incident we would not be able to equate them with those criminals, but we can say that no one with faith and ethics would accept the murder and targeting of innocent people.
September 20, 2001, Fatwa Session on Latest Tragic Events


Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, Qatar; Tariq Bishri, Egypt; Muhammad S. Awwa, Egypt; Fahmi Huwaydi, Egypt; Haytham Khayyat, Syria; Sheikh Taha Jabir Al-Alwani, U.S.A.:
All Muslims ought to be united against all those who terrorize the innocents, and those who permit the killing of non-combatants without a justifiable reason. Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of property as absolute prohibitions until the Day of Judgment. [It is] necessary to apprehend the true perpetrators of these crimes, as well as those who aid and abet them through incitement, financing or other support. They must be brought to justice in an impartial court of law and [punished] appropriately; [It is] a duty of Muslims to participate in this effort with all possible means.
September 27, 2001


Organisation of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers:
The Conference strongly condemns the brutal terror acts that befell the United States, caused huge losses in human lives from various nationalities and wreaked tremendous destruction and damage in New York and Washington. It further reafirms that these terror acts run counter to the teachings of the divine religions as well as ethical and human values, stresses the necessity of tracking down the perpetrators of these acts in the light of the results of investigations and bringing them to justice to inflict on them the penalty they deserve. It also underscores its support of this effort. In this respect, the OIC expresses its condolences to and sympathy with the people and government of the United States and the families of the victims in these mournful and tragic circumstances.
October 10, 2001, Final Communiqué of the Ninth Extraordinary Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers


Salih bin Muhammad Lahidan, Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Saudi Arabia:
Killing the weak, infants, women, and the elderly, and destroying property are considered serious crimes in Islam... Viewing on the TV networks what happened to the twin towers ... was like watching Doomsday. Those who commit such crimes are the worst of people. Anyone who thinks that any Islamic scholar will condone such acts is totally wrong ... This barbaric act is not justified by any sane mind-set ... This act is pernicious and shameless and evil in the extreme.
October 13, 2001, The Washington Post, p. B9


Fifteen American Muslim organisations:
We reiterate our unequivocal condemnation of the crime committed on September 11, 2001 and join our fellow Americans in mourning the loss of up to 6000 innocent civilians.
Signatories:
Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), Solidarity International, American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice (AMGPJ), American Muslim Alliance (AMA), United Muslim Americans Association (UMAA), Islamic Media Foundation (IMF), American Muslim Foundation (AMF), Coordinating Council of Muslim Organisations (CCMO), American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ), Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA)
October 22, 2001


Syed Shahabuddin, Indian Muslim author:
Islam prohibits terrorism as well as suicide. Jihad is neither and has no place for taking innocent lives or one's own life. No cause, howsoever noble or just, can justify terrorism. So while one may sympathize with the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people and support their claim to a state of their own, while one may appreciate the democratic awakening among the people of many Muslim states and uphold their demand for withdrawal of foreign presence from their soil and support their struggle for revision of the terms of trade for their natural resources, no thinking Muslim can go along with the use of terrorism for securing political goals.
November 1, 2001, Global War Against Terrorism; the Islamic Dimension, Milli Gazette, New Delhi, India


Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Subail, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and member of the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars:
Any attack on innocent people is unlawful and contrary to Shari'ah, Muslims must safeguard the lives, honour and property of non-Muslims who are under their protection and with whom they have concluded peace agreements.
December 4, 2001, SPA

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