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52 Muslim groups in the United States condemns cartoons as "insult to Islam" warns Muslims of places 'not to attack'

February 20, 2006

http://www.al-amana.org/article.php?id=1881 52 American Muslim Organizations - No to offensive cartoons!
February 16, 2004

The following statement is brought to you by 52 American Muslim Organizations:

Press Release

American Muslims are protesting and condemning strongly the continuous insults and humiliation against our Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) by some of the newspapers in European countries knowing how the Muslims around the world value their Prophet. We believe that these actions are designed to inflame the relations between Muslims and the West in general. We are convinced that this insult against Islam and Muslims is not approved by the majority of the Europeans.

We are protesting the insult made by some newspapers citing the freedom of speech. We are protesting the newspapers' decisions to run the cartoons. We are protesting the newspapers' insult to Islam.

Are anti-Semitic, anti-Christian or anti-Black sentiments considered responsible uses of "freedom of speech"? We do not think so!

Insulting and attacking God's religion (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), his creation, and any prophet (Adam, Abraham, and ending with Moses, Jesus and Muhammad peace be upon them all), or any group of people is not a responsible use of the freedom of speech. It also goes against the tenants of Islam.

Freedom of expression is not absolute. There are responsibilities and limitations and it should not be used to propagate racist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and other xenophobic views. such views can incite people to hatred.

We ask that the European Union, the government of Denmark and other governments recognize that the cartoons malign the honor of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and insult the integrity of Islam. Insult and attacks against any group or religion should be stopped and
new laws and regulations should be adopted against any violation.

We would like to remind our fellow Muslims around the world what Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Remind! May reminding benefit the believers."
Also the Prophet (pbuh) said: "do not be extremist, extremism destroyed nations before you." In addition, he said in his last sermon that we should avoid violence and not to attack
places of worship and civilians.

1- The American Muslim Association of North America, (AMANA)
2- Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen
3- American Muslims for Emergency and Relief, Inc.
4- Masjid Shamsuddin, Miami Florida
5- Islamic Center of South Florida, (ICSF)
6- Islamic Center Of Des Moines
7- Muslim Student Organization, Florida Atlantic University
8- Muslim Student Association, University of Miami
9- Islamic Society of Sarasota, Florida
10- Islamic Center of Belle Glade, Florida
11- Masjid Alfaiza of Miami, Florida
12- Islamia Association of Bosniaks in North America (IABNA)
13- Islamic Community of SW Florida
14- Muslim Student Association of UC Berkeley
15- Islamic center of West Michigan
16- Mosque of Grand Rapids
17- Islamic Center at New York University
18- Masjid Annoor (Knoxville, TN)
19- The Muslim Community Association OF the Peninsula (MCAP)
20- Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR)
21- Tawheed Center of Farmington Hills
22- The Islamic Learning Center of Orange County, New York
23- The MSA of Columbia University
24- Msulim Students Association at Jackson State University
25- Muslim Students Association at University of Wisconsin
26- Mississippi Muslim Association (MMA), Jackson, Mississippi
27- Masjid Muhammad, Jackson, Mississippi
28- The International Museum of Muslim Cultures, Jackson, Mississippi
29- Chase American Muslims Islamic Center (C.A.M.I.C).
30- Noor Al-Islam Institute & Islamic Center, Mississippi
31- American Muslim Bakaa Center
32- Islamic Center Of Detroit
33- Masjid Al-Iman, Belle Glade
34- Masjid Al-Hoda
35- Masjid Nur-ul Islam, Florida
36- Nur-ul-Islam Academy, Florida
37- The Islamic Society of Greater Lansing
38- Masjid Assabur, Las Vegas, Nevada
39- Institute Of Islamic Information And Education
40- Muslim Students' Association of Illinois Institute of Technology
41- Masjid_E_Tahoora, Chicago, IL.60645
42- Senior Citizen of South Florida
43- Masjid An-Noor, Miami Florida
44- Huntsville Islamic Center
45- Muslim Access, Inc. (www.muslimaccess.com)
46- Al-hikmat Services, Inc., Florida
47- Darul Uloom Institute, Florida
48- MUSLIM RADIO PROGRAM, FL (WWW.WAVS1170.COM)
49- Masjid Jamaat Al-Mutaqeen, FL
50- Islamic Society of Wichita, Wichita, KS
51- Islamic Foundation of South Florida
52- Islamic Society of Rutgers University (NB)

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