Canadian Muslims Denounce Calls for Attacks
Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:29 pm
- For Immediate Release -
(Ottawa, Canada – October 30th, 2011) - The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today forcefully condemned recent statements made by the violent extremist Somalia-based al-Shabab group which urged Muslims to conduct attacks against Canada and other countries including the United States.
The Associated Press report covered the release of an audio tape by al-Shabab which included calls for "jihad" against Canada.
“Canadian Muslims categorically denounce and repudiate these un-Islamic and misguided calls for attacks against our nation and other countries, which are a misuse and distortion of the term 'jihad' by extremists to further their own political goals or personal agendas. Islam emphasizes the sacredness of life, and rejects any express statement or tacit insinuation that Muslims should harm innocent people. Al-Shabab are in no way representative of Canadian Muslims or the Islamic faith," said CAIR-CAN Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee.
CAIR-CAN has denounced similar calls in the past by the al-Qaeda network. In July 2005, CAIR-CAN coordinated a national statement by Canadian Imams which condemned terrorism and religious extremism and rejected similar calls for violence. In August 2010, the Canadian Council of Imams issued another declaration echoing the same message.
CAIR-CAN is a national, non-profit, grassroots organization striving to be a leading voice that enriches Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.
Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director, 613.254.9704; 613.853.4111
Maryam Dadabhoy, Community Relations Officer, 416.732.2965
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