*** I motion that the GTA Imams & organizations follow suit. MS ***
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
MUSLIM RELIGIOUS COUNCIL ISSUES FATWA AGAINST TERRORISM
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."
The Qur'an, Islam's revealed text, states: "Whoever kills a person [unjustly]...it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (Qur'an, 5:32)
Prophet Muhammad said there is no excuse for committing unjust acts: "Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil." (Al-Tirmidhi)
God mandates moderation in faith and in all aspects of life when He states in the Qur'an: "We made you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with the example of your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind." (Qur'an, 2:143)
In another verse, God explains our duties as human beings when he says: "Let there arise from among you a band of people who invite to righteousness, and enjoin good and forbid evil." (Qur'an, 3:104)
Islam teaches us to act in a caring manner to all of God's creation. The Prophet Muhammad, who is described in the Qur'an as "a mercy to the worlds" said: "All creation is the family of God, and the person most beloved by God (is the one) who is kind and caring toward His family."
In the light of the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:
* 1. 1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.
* 2. 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. 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. We urge all people to resolve all conflicts in just and peaceful manners.
We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism. We pray for the safety and security of our country, the United States, and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in the United States and all around the globe.
FIQH COUNCIL OF NORTH AMERICA July 28, 2005
MEMBERS OF THE FIQH COUNCIL OF NORTH AMERICA
Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi,
Chairman Dr. Deina Abdulkadir
Shaikh Muhammad Nur Abdallah
Dr. Taha Jabir Alalwani
Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti
Shaikhah Zainab Alwani
Dr. Jamal Badawi
Dr. Ihsan Bagby
Dr. Nazih Hammad
Shaikh Yahya Hindi
Dr. Abdul Hakim Jackson
Dr. Mukhtar Maghraoui
Dr. Akbar Muhammad
Shaikh Hassan Qazwini
Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah
Dr. Muhammad Adam
Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Shleibak
Dr. Salah Soltan
ENDORSED BY THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
Mosque Cares, Imam W D Muhammad
Muslim Student Association of the US & Canada (MSA)
Association of Muslim Social Scientists
American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin
American Muslim Alliance
Association of Muslim Scientists and Engineers
Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations
Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America
Islamic Networks Group & Affiliates
Islamic Resource Group
Islamic Schools League of America
Islamic Sharia Advisory Institute of North America
Kashmiri American Council
Latino American Dawah Organization
Minaret of Freedom Institute
Muslim Ummah of North America
Project Islamic HOPE
United Muslims of America
USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, Inc & The Islamic Center for Halal Certification
ENDORSED BY THE FOLLOWING MOSQUES AND ISLAMIC CENTERS
Afghan Cultural Center Al Nur Islamic Center Al Nur Islamic Center, Rashid Ahmed, Director Albanian Islamic Center, Shuaib Gerguri, Imam Al-Fatiha Islamic Center Al-Huda Islamic Center, Hisham Ahmed, Imam All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Mohamed Magid, Imam Al-Mu'minun Islamic Center, Samuel Ansari Alvin Masjid American Islamic Academy, Shaykh Al-Tayyab American Islamic Organization, Afzal Ahmad, Chairman American Moslem Mission, American Moslem Society, Mahdi Ali, Imam American Muslim Society of the Tristate Area American Muslim Voice As Salaam Islamic Center of Raleigh, Oliver S. Mohammed, Imam Assadiq Foundation Assadiq Islamic Educational Foundation, Sayed Mohammad Jawad Qazwini, Imam Auburn Islamic Center, Mark Hamza Dougherty, President Azzahrah Islamic Ctr. Bay County Islamic Society Inc, Hashem Mubrak, Baytown Masjid Bear Creek Masjid Bell Islamic & Cultural Center Belleville Mosque and Islamic Education Center, Dr. Abdul W. Kazi, Bilal Islamic Center Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center, Allaedin Ezzedin, Imam Bob ul Ilm Islamic Center Bosnian-American Islamic Center, Mirsad Hassecic, Imam Boston Dialogue Foundation New Mosque, Salih Yucel, Imam Campus Mosque of Scranton, Imam Canton Masjid, Ali S. Ali Cham American Muslim Com. Champions Masjid Cincinnati Islamic Center, Ilyas Nashid, Imam Concerned Muslims of Annapolis Concerned Muslims of Greater Cleveland (CMGC) Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Abdul Malik Mujahid, Imam Council of Masajid, Cleveland Daar-ul-Islam Masjid, Muhammad Nur Abdallah Dalton Islamic Center, Hammad El-Ameen, President Dar Almanar, Fouad Reda, President Dar Al-Uloom Al-Islamia Dar Al-Uloom Flahidarin Darassalam, Mohammed M. Safa Darul Uloom of Los Angeles Des Plaines Islamic Center Des Plaines Islamic Center Discover Islam Foundation, Muhammad Quadir, Downtown Islamic Center Downtown Islamic Center Elmhurst Islamic Center, Riaz Ahmad, Mufti Ershad Institute First Cleveland Mosque, Abbas Ahmad, Imam Five Pillars Center Foundation for Islamic Education, Sheikh Mustafa Ahmad Fox Valley Islamic Society, Delwar Mian, Secretary Fullerton Mosque Greenway Islamic Center, Didmar Faja Heartland Muslim Women's Network, Maisha Liwaru, President Hemet Masjid Hidaya Foundation High Desert Islamic Center Howard County Muslim Council, Anwer Hasan, President Huseini Mousque
I.M.A.N Imperial Valley Islamic Center Indian Muslim Relief & Charities Indo Chinese Muslim Relief Association IntraCity Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Ohio Islamic Association of Carrollton, Azhar Azeez, Secretary General Islamic Association of Cary, Shakil Ahmed Islamic Association of Central Florida, Dr. Zafer Sabawi, Imam Islamic Association of Greater Shreveport, Sayed Jumaa Salam Islamic Association of Kokomo Islamic Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Riaz Hussain, Treasurer Islamic Association of West Virginia, Mohamad Jamal Daoudi, Imam Islamic Center Inland Valley Islamic Center of America, Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini, Imam Islamic Center of Blacksburg Islamic Center of Boca Raton, Jalal Khan, Imam Islamic Center of Calremont Islamic Center of Canejo Valley Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau, Shafiq Malik, Imam Islamic Center of Carbondale, Muhammad Kamran, President Islamic Center of Cleveland, Fawaz Damra, Imam Islamic Center of Contra Costa, Abdul Quddus Saleh, Imam Islamic Center of Cypress Islamic Center of Des Moines, Ibrahim Dremali, Imam Islamic Center of El Paso, Yaser Birjas Issa, Imam Islamic Center of Fremont, Mubashir Ahmed, President Islamic Center of Granada Hills Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, Saleem Foad, Director of Education Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, Farooq S. Aboelzahab, Imam Islamic Center of Hawthorne Islamic Center of Inland Empire Islamic Center of Little Rock, Islam Mossaad, Imam Islamic Center of Marietta, Amjad Taufique, President Islamic Center of Maryland, Amin Ezzeddine, Imam Islamic Center of Moreno Valley Islamic Center of Morgantown, Diaa Eldin M. Nassar, General Secretary Islamic Center of New England, Talal Eid, Imam Islamic Center of New Mexico, Isam Rajab, Imam Islamic Center of North County Islamic Center of North Ridge Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, Zaid Malik, Imam Islamic Center of Oakland Islamic Center of Old Bridge, Alvi Fakhruddin, Imam Islamic Center of Omaha, Dr. Ahmad Az-Zaare, Imam Islamic Center of Passaic County, Mohammad Qatanani, Imam Islamic Center of Pleasanton/Dublin Islamic Center of Pomona Islamic Center of Pomona Islamic Center of Portland, Samir Horani, Board Member Islamic Center of the Quad Cities, Julie Abdel-Fattah, Dir. Public Relations Islamic Center of Raleigh, Mohammed Bainonie, Imam Islamic Center Of Reseda, Ali Shakoor, Imam Islamic Center of Rialto Islamic Center of Riverside, Mohammad Ashrif, Chairman of the Board Islamic Center of San Deigo Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley Islamic Center of Santa Claria Valley Islamic Center of Somerset, Husein Turki Islamic Center of South Florida, Hassan Sabri, Imam Islamic Center of Southern California, Jamil Momand, Chairman Islamic Center of Stockton Islamic Center of Tampa, Ziad Taha, Director Islamic Center Of Temecula Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, Imam Mahmoud Harmoush Islamic Center of Topeka, Imam Omar Hazim Islamic Center of Virginia, Shaheed Coovadia, Imam Islamic Center South Bay Islamic Center. of Mid City Islamic Council of Ohio, Sohail Khan, Secretary Islamic Cultural Center of Eugene (Oregon), Dr. Tammam Adi, Director Islamic Cultural Center of Illinois Islamic Education & Services Institute, Abdoulrahman Kattih, Director Islamic Education Center, Ahmad Bahriny, Imam Islamic Education Center, Dr. Ahmad Sakr, Director Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson, Mohamed Alhayek, Imam Islamic Educational Center of Orange County Islamic Education Foundation, Animar M Daghestani, Teacher Islamic Foundation of America, Mohammad M. Billah, President Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, Siraj Haji Islamic Foundation of Chicago Islamic Foundation of Chicago, IL Islamic Foundation of Peoria, Muhammad F. Malik, Secretary Islamic Foundation of South Florida, Rashid Ahmad, Imam Islamic House of Wisdom, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi Islamic Jaffaria Association, Mohamed Banglori, Imam Islamic Learning and Practicing, Dr. Misbah Eldereiny Islamic Mosque of Cleveland (Masjid al-Islam) Islamic Movement of Florida, Moneer Khan, Imam Islamic of Northern Valley Islamic School of Greater Kansas City, Fadi Banyalmarjeh, Chairman Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Shakeel Syed, Executive Director Islamic Society of Norco/Corona Islamic Society of Akron and Kent Islamic Society of Annapolis, Mohammad Arrafa, Imam Islamic Society of Baltimore, Abid Husain, General Secretary Islamic Society of Boston, Shaykh Besyouni Nehela Islamic Society of California Islamic Society of Central Florida, Mohammed al Masri, Imam Islamic Society of East Bay, Dr. Mohamed Rajabally Islamic Society of Essex County, Ismail Elshikh, Imam Islamic Society of Greater Columbus, Dr. M. N. 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Themam Wassil, Imam Islamic Society of Washington Area, Faizul Khan, Imam Islamic Society of Wichita Falls, Abdullah Shamsid-Deen, Director Jafaria Islamic Center Jamat Masjid Ul-Islam Inc Jumaa'atu Masjidul-Muminiin Inc., L.M. Martin, Imam Kalamazoo Islamic Center, Tariq Jameel, President Karbala Islamic Educational Center, Hisham Al-Hussany King Fahad Mosque Long Beach Islamic Center, Tarek Mohamed Makki Masjid, Amaan Bhim, President Masjid AbuBakr AlSiddique, Abdur Rahman Bashir, Imam Masjid Al Heyder, Hafiz Inayadullah Masjid Al- Madina Al-Munawar Masjid Al Muminun, Furqan Muhammad, Imam Masjid Al-Ansar Masjid Al-Ansar, Nasir Ahmad, Imam Masjid Al-Faizal, Roshan Ali, Imam Masjid Alfalah Masjid Al-Falah, Abdul Latif Azom, Imam Masjid Al-Haqq, Luqman Al-Amin, Imam Masjid Al-Hijrah, Kamruz Hosein Masjid Al-Ihsan, Tarik Chebbi, Imam Masjid Al-Ikhlas, Tauheed Rashad, Imam Masjid Al-Ittihaad Masjid Al-Kauthar, Rudolph Ali, Imam Masjid Al-Momin Masjid Al-Nahl , Rashad Mujahid, Imam Masjid Al-Noor Masjid Al-Noor, Danish Siddiqui, President Masjid Al-Qudoos Masjid Al-Rashid Masjid Al-Rasul, Mujahid Abdul-Karim, Imam Masjid Al-Salaam Masjid Al-Sharif Masjid Al-Taqwa Masjid Al-Taqwa, Abdul Karim Salih, Imam Masjid An-noor Masjid An-Noor, Mohamed Zakaria Badat, Imam Masjid Annour Islamic Community, Mohammad Afzaluddin, Imam Masjid Ar-Ribat Al-Islami Masjid Bilal Ibn-Rabah Masjid Centralia, Dr. Zahir Ansari Masjid Dalal Masjid Dalal, Clyde Rahman, Imam Masjid Darul Huda, Abdul Hameed, Director Masjid Dar-ul-Argum Masjid Gibreal Masjid Hamza Masjid Ibadullah Masjid Iman Bukhari Masjid Jama Al Mumineen, Khalil Hussain, Imam Masjid Jihad, Imam Maajid Faheem Ali Masjid Mohammed, Said Mohammed Masjid Mumineen Masjid Muttaqeen, Usman Rahman Masjid of Anteloap Valley Masjid of Irvine Masjid of Long Beach Masjid Omar Masjid Omar Al Farouk Masjid Omar Ibn-Alkhetab Masjid Qurtubah Masjid Saad Foundation, Ziad Abu Hummos, President Masjid Sahmsuddin, Foad Farahi, Imam Masjid Taqwa, Imam Abdul-Malik Ali Masjid Tawheed-Afghan Cultural Center Masjid Usman Masjid Wali Muhammad, Gary Al-Kasib, Imam Masjidullah, Imam Abdul-Wali Muhammad Mecca Learning Center Mecca Masjid Medical Center Musallah Miami Gardens Masjid, Abdul Hamid Samra, Imam Mission Bend Masjid Momin Lodge Mosque Foundation, Sheikh Kifah Mustapha Mosque of Sheikh M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, Muhammad Abdul Lateef Hayden Mosque of Riverside Muslim Association of Huntington, Jamil M. Chaudri, Spokesperson Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley, Mohammad Sadiq Bajwa, President Muslim Association of Virginia, Rafi Uddin Ahmed, President Muslim Center of Middlesex County, Abubakr Nadwi Muslim Children Education & Civic Center, Abdul Wahid Muslim Community Association of the Peninsula Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area Muslim Community Center, Azad Ejaz, President Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburg Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburg, Sayed Jafri, President Muslim Community Center of San Francisco Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs of Detroit, Sajid Siddiqui, President Muslim Community of Greater San Diego, Imam Abdur Rahim Khan Muslim Community of Knoxville, Dr. Mohammad Islam, President Muslim Community of North East Tennessee, Taneem Aziz, President Muslim Community of Palm Beach County, Murtaza Kakli, President Muslim Community Service Muslim Community Service Muslim Community Services, Inc., M. Rezar Rahman Muslim Federation of New Jersey, Saif Ul-Nabi, Qari Muslim Home Education Alliance, Cherrie J Karima Webb, Director Muslim Majlis of Staten Island (Masjid Al-Noor), Abdul Rehman, Director Muslim Youth of Minnesota, Kashif Saroya, President Muslims Association of Cleveland East (MACE) Mustafa Center, M. Zia, Imam New Territory Masjid North Hollywood Islamic Center Northshore Masjid Nur Ul Islam, Roshan Ali, Imam Omar Mosque, Nimer Judeh Orange County Islamic Foundation Palm Beach Mosque, Osman Chowdhury, President Pearland Musallah Qur'an Memorization Center Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, Mamoun Najjar, Outreach Director
S. Jamaludeen Afghan Islamic Center Salaam Cleveland (Greater Cleveland Muslim Women's Association) Salaam in the Ummah (Peace in the Hood), Ohio San Ramon Valley Islamic Center Shi'a Islam Student Association, George Mason University, Seyede Katayon Kasmai, Founder Siddiquia Jamia Masjid, Tariq Khawaja South Bay Islamic Association, Tahir Anwar, Imam South Valley Islamic Center, Ilyas Anwar, Imam South Zone Masjid Southeast Zone Masjid Spring Branch Center Synott Road Masjid The Islamic Center of Tucson, Mohammed Elfarooqui, Imam The Muslim Center, Abdullah El-Amin, Imam The Muslim Community Center, Sheikh Elkheir Elkheir The Muslim Unity Center, Muhammad Muhammad Musa United Muslim Association of Toledo, M.Y. Ahmed, President United Sisterhood, Ohio Uqbah Mosque Foundation, Ramez Islambouli, President Vallejo Islamic Center, Mohamed Yunus Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee Wilcrest Masjid Woodlands Masjid Yaseen Foundation and the Muslim Community Center Zaytuna Institute