Muslim groups issuing anti terror fatwa implicated in 9/11 attacks and Al Qaeda funding gave support to suicide bombing
Fatwa cleric Muzzamil Siddiqui called for the "wrath of God to descend on America"
.MIM: The Council on American Islamic Relations and the Fiqh Council of North America have issued a fatwa which purports to condemn terrorism. The only problem is that both groups are under investigation for ties and terror and have had their members jailed on terrorism charges. The Council on American Islamic Relations is a defendant in a 9/11 terror lawsuit. The Figh Council of North America was among those groups raided in Operation Greenquest, the US government crackdown on terrorism funding which took place in 2003. The head of the Fiqh Council, Muzzamil Siddiqui, (who isalso the Imam of the Islamic Society of Southern California ),was instrumental in the conversion of Al Qaeda operative Adam who was last seen on an Al Qaeda video broadcast threatening that "blood would run in the streets of America". He also spoke at a Washington rally and warned that "the wrath of God would descend on America" for it's support of Israel . http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/finance.asp
The former head of the Fiqh Council of North America, Jaber Al Tahwani, is an unindicted co conspirator in the Sami Al Arian trial. The Figh Council also contributed funding to Sami Al Arian's Palestinian Islamic Jihad which carried out suicide bombings which killed 100 people. http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2002-03/22/article20.shtml
Muzzamil Siddiqui announcing the phony anti terror fatwa
According to Kenneth Timmerman :
"...During an anti-Israel rally outside the White House on Oct. 28, 2000, Siddiqi openly threatened the United States with violence if it continued its support of Israel. "America has to learn ... if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come. Please, all Americans. Do you remember that? ... If you continue doing injustice, and tolerate injustice, the wrath of God will come." By "injustice," he meant U.S. support for Israel.
Siddiqi also has called for a wider application of sharia law in the United States, and in a 1995 speech praised suicide bombers. "Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with the Lord, and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor," he was quoted as saying by the Kansas City Star on Jan. 28, 1995 http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/finance.asp
MIM: It should also be noted that many Muslims in America feel as Siddiqui does. Here is a 2002 posting from a Muslim who signs himself as "Jihad is our duty" and proves that the phony fatwa issued by Siddiqui and CAIR is an attempt to disquise Muslims true intentionshere in the United States. This comment is about a proposed Milllion Muslim March on Washington and should be a warning that many Muslims in our midst share the same sentiments expressed by terrorists. Most telling of all is that the commentator who uses the name "Jihad our duty" and says that his blood is boiling signs off with Peace be upon you.
S. Muslims issue ‘fatwa' against terrorism
The Associated Press
American Muslim scholars who interpret religious law for their community issued an edict Thursday condemning terrorism against civilians in response to the wave of deadly attacks in Britain and other countries.
In the statement, called a fatwa, the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were "criminals, not ‘martyrs."'
"There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism," the scholars wrote. "Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram — or forbidden."
Many Muslim leaders overseas have issued similar condemnations in recent weeks, but some have left an opening for violence to be used. British Muslim leaders who denounced the July 7 attacks in London said suicide bombings could still be justified against an occupying power.
The U.S. fatwa did not specifically address suicide bombings in a war, but the scholars barred Muslims from helping anyone "involved in any act of terrorism or violence." The council also declared that Muslims were obligated to help law enforcement officials protect civilians.
"It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities," according to the Fiqh Council. The term "fiqh" refers to Islamic legal issues and understanding the faith's religious law.
Islam has no central authority and the council serves an advisory role for American Muslims, who could number as high as 6 million. But some question whether the panel's statements would sway extremist.
Recent bombings spur increased condemnations
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, an advocacy group based in Los Angeles, started the "National Anti-Terrorism Campaign" last year, urging Muslims to monitor their own communities, speak out more boldly against violence and work with law enforcement officials.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights organization, is running a TV ad and a petition-drive called "Not in the Name of Islam," which repudiates terrorism. In New York and other cities, mosque leaders have joined advisory committees created by the FBI to build relations between law enforcement and their local communities.
"We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism," the scholars wrote. "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."
American Islamic Scholars issue fatwa against terrorism
A council of Muslim scholars in the United States has issued a religious ruling, or fatwa, against terrorism and extremism.
The Muslim scholars released the ruling during a press conference in Washington, saying that Islam condemns terrorism, religious radicalism and the use of violence.
The scholars serve on the Fiqh Council of North America, an association of Muslim jurists who interpret Islamic law.
"All acts of terrorism targeting the civilians are haram, forbidden in Islam. It is haram, forbidden, for a Muslim to cooperate or associate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence," he said.
The fatwa also says it is the "civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of civilians."
The Islamic scholars say the fatwa was prompted by a similar ruling from the Muslim Council of Britain, following the July 7 terrorist attacks in London.
U.S. Muslim groups have frequently condemned terrorist acts, but the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, says issuing a fatwa is the strongest statement that can be made by the Islamic community.
"This is the heaviest weight any opinion can be given. The reason I am saying this is because those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam try to misinterpret and misuse certain issues in Islamic jurisprudence and they have no authority or qualification except their anger. These legal Muslim scholars come to say we are the authority on this subject and we are the ones who determine how to interpret Islam. Therefore, I don't think any person in the globe can quote the Koran or the traditions of the Prophet [Muhammad] to justify the harming and the killing of innocent people," he said.
The Muslim scholars have called for the fatwa to be read during Friday prayers at mosques across the United States.
Salam al-Marayati, the executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, says he hopes the message will resonate globally, but also close to home.
"We hope that this would influence other parts of the world, but more importantly I think we are doing this for our children and for our future," he said. "Our children need to be very clear on these matters. There should be no confusion and no ambiguities. As we stand together, tall, as leaders of established Muslim-American organizations, this is a message to our future generation and to our children that this notion that suicide bombing or terrorism has any room in Islam is rejected outright."
The Council on American-Islamic relations has launched public service announcements on radio and television saying that Islam forbids terrorism.
The announcements are in English, Arabic and Urdu, and say those who use violence in the name of Islam are betraying their faith.