June 12, 2016
July 1, 2016
GEORGIA MUSLIMS DENOUNCE ATTACK ON ISTANBUL AIRPORT
ATLANTA (GA) -- It has been less than a month since the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB) issued a statement regarding the attacks in Orlando and yet, once again, we must raise our voices in horror at another attack, this time at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. While no group has yet claimed credit, it is thought to be the so-called Islamic State and, this time, people from all over the world, from all faiths including American Muslims, were the targets, in a predominantly Muslim country during the holiest period of the Muslim religious calendar. "They" are not only targeting the West. And while the bombinbgs in Paris and Brussels were horrific, so is this most recent act of terror by a group of fanatics who seem to have no goal except to bring destruction and chaos to the entire world. We urge the media to focus just as much attention on the attack in Turkey as they did on those in Europe.
And tragically, as we have seen too often. hatred breeds hatred. Within hours of the attack in Istanbul, a small mosque in Perth Australia was bombed just as worshipers were gathered for evening prayers. We are thankful that no one was injured, but the message was clear.
As Muslim Americans, we condemn totally this most recent attack. Muslims see these acts as the antithesis of every ideal and belief taught by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and upon all Prophets and Messengers) . Indeed, these and other repugnant acts contradict the basic principles of justice, compassion, and tolerance enshrined in the Quran, the Islamic Holy Scripture.
The Quran forbids compulsion in religion: “There shall be no coercion in matters of faith" It also forbids the killing of innocent people and sanctifies human life: "…if anyone slays a human being—unless for murder or spreading corruption on earth [by law]—it shall be as though he has slain all mankind; whereas if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind..."
Prophet Muhammad, revered by Muslims as the last prophet of God, commanded his followers to “show mercy to Earth's inhabitants so that the One who is in Heaven will show mercy to you.”
He also reportedly said, "One will not enter Paradise if his neighbor is not safe from his harm. "Our prayers are with the family and friends of all the victims. These terrorists are creating fear throughout the world and their primary targets are Muslims with over 90% of their victims being Muslim," said Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. "Too many lives are being lost, we are being torn apart by fear and, too often, double standards exist where different lives are valued differently."
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