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May 4, 2011
American Islamist groups with links to terrorist organizations have issued cynically self serving boilerplate statements praising the killing of Osama Bin Laden and disingenuously declaring that this means an end to jihadist violence and the war on terror. The statements issued by ISNA, MPAC, ICNA,CAIR,MAS, CIOGC and others are below.Several use a quote by Obama who said that "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader" and point out that Muslims comprised the majority of his victims . (The ISNA and MAS statements parrot Obama's false assertion that "Al Qaeda has murdered scores of Muslims in many countries including our own.") Some of the statements quote Obama's speech in which he proclaimed that "The United States is not and will never be at war with Islam".
"As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity." http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/05/02/osama-bin-laden-dead
MIM:The Islamic Society of North America an unindicted co- conspirator in the U.S. vs Holy Land Hamas funding trial. ISNA's mission statement is contained in their name,they aim to establish an Islamic Society of North America.
ISNA Welcomes Justice For 9/11 Victims
(May 2, 2011) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) joins all Americans in thanking President Obama for fulfilling his promise to bring Osama Bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, and perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks, to justice.
We hope his death will bring some relief to all the families, of every faith and walk of life, who lost loved ones on 9/11 and in every other terrorist attack orchestrated at the hands of Osama Bin Laden.
Over the past decade, ISNA has stood firm on our stance that ISNA and Muslims in America condemn the actions of Bin Laden on 9/11 and all acts of terror at the hands of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and all others who spread fear and hate through violence. We have repeatedly condemned the calls of Bin Laden and others like him for mass bloodshed and the attacking of innocent lives across the world.
As the President pointed out in his address to the nation, the ideology of Bin Laden is incompatible with Islam: "Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity."
President Obama marked his hope that today, Americans will "think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11" and remember that "on that day, no matter what God we prayed to, we were united as one American family."
"ISNA joins President Obama and prays that as the nation continues to heal from the devastation inflicted upon them at the hands of Bin Laden, we will turn to each other today, united, and emerge tomorrow with an even stronger resolve to take every action necessary to protect the precious ideals of our nation that Bin Laden attempted to destroy on 9/11: peace, tolerance, respect, and freedom for all," said ISNA President Imam Magid.
MIM:The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a group which defends Hamas and Hezbollah.
MPAC Greets Bin Laden's Death With Sense of Relief
The Muslim Public Affairs Council tonight greeted the news of the death of Osama bin Laden with an immense sense of relief. This is a time when our country must stand together, and turn the page on a decade of terror led by bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. MPAC also commends the service of President Obama and his national security team, who have made bringing bin Laden to justice a top priority.
SEE: "Osama bin Laden Dead: 'End of a Dark Era in US-Muslim Relations" (Associated Press)
SEE ALSO: President Obama's Speech on Death of Bin Laden
"We hope this is a turning point away from the dark period of the last decade, in which bin Laden symbolized the evil face of global terrorism," said MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati. "His actions and those of Al-Qaeda have violated the sacred Islamic teachings upholding the sanctity of all human life. His acts of senseless terror have been met with moral outrage by Muslims worldwide at every turn in the past decade."
The mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks and the founder of Al-Qaeda, bin Laden represented the global menacing face of violent extremism and his death represents a defining moment in the fight against terrorism.
"We support President Obama's statement that bin Laden was 'not a Muslim leader, he was a mass murderer of Muslims,'" said MPAC Senior Adviser Dr. Maher Hathout. "We stand together with all Americans and all peace-loving people around the world in remaining vigilant against any and all threats against our country."
In light of the widespread democratic protests sweeping the Middle East which have demonstrated the power and effectiveness of peaceful protests to enact political change and realize the aspirations of the people, bin Laden and Al-Qaeda's pro-violence messages have been exposed as bankrupt and misguided.
MIM:The Islamic Circle of North America is a group linked to Al Qaeda.
ICNA's Statement On Killing of Osama Bin Laden
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JAMAICA, New York (May 2, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release this morning on the killing of Osama bin Laden by a US military operation outside Abbottabad, Pakistan yesterday.
"Osama bin Laden posed a serious threat to the security of America and the world, and the removal of this threat is a significant turning point in the post-9/11 global War on Terror.
"Our thoughts are first and foremost with the families of those killed on 9/11 and the countless innocent men, women and children who have died in the ensuing wars. We pray this news brings closure to these families and ultimately ushers in a new chapter of peace and understanding in America's history.
"ICNA hopes that the Obama administration will use this pivotal moment as an opportunity to rapidly end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and ensure the safe return of our troops.
"We reiterate President Obama's statement that America is not at war with Islam and Osama bin Laden was not representative of Muslims. We must remember with conviction the unity that brought us out of the devastation of September 11, 2001, and work to preserve that unity in coming days."
The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.
Press Contact: Naeem Baig
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Islamic Circle of North America
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MIM:The Council on American Islamic Relations a Saudi funded front group for Hamas.
CAIR Welcomes Elimination of Osama Bin Laden
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed the announcement of the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a threat to America and the world.
[MEDIA ADVISORY: CAIR will hold a news conference on Monday, May 2nd to offer the American Muslim community's reaction to Osama bin Laden's death. The news conference will take place at 11 a.m. in CAIR's Capitol Hill headquarters, 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, E-Mail: [email protected] Other CAIR chapters may hold similar news conferences. Go to: http://www.cair.com/Chapters.aspx ]
In a statement issued following President Obama's announcement of bin Laden's death, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
"We join our fellow citizens in welcoming the announcement that Osama bin Laden has been eliminated as a threat to our nation and the world through the actions of American military personnel. As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide. We also reiterate President Obama's clear statement tonight that the United States is not at war with Islam."
CAIR coordinated one of the first joint American Muslim statements condemning the 9/11 terror attacks, issued just hours after they occurred.
To read about CAIR's anti-terror initiatives, go to:
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
MIM:The Muslim American Society is linked to Al Qaeda. Note their logo which shows an Islamic crescent encircling the world. Their name defines their goal, to turn the United States into a Muslim American society.
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Osama Bin Laden is Dead: Justice Has Been Served
Osama Bin Laden is Dead: Justice Has Been Served
The Muslim American Society welcomes the news of the death of Osama bin Laden. The intentional killing of civilians for political ends is terrorism, and this has been the mode of operation of Al Qaeda. We pray that this development leads to a reduction in radical extremism in the world, and that fewer people fall victim to it. Indeed, fighting against acts of terror, radical extremism, and its root causes must continue to be part of our nation's agenda. Finally, we pray that the death of bin Laden will bring some solace to the thousands of families, Muslim and non-Muslim, who have been victimized by Al Qaeda's crimes.
For the last ten years Americans, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike- all of us; collectively and individually, have been worn down and afflicted by years of violence and premeditated death initiated by Osama Bin Laden. His crimes were against all humanity. It is correct and fair that Bin Laden should be held accountable for his crimes and we hold the opinion that justice has been done.
The Muslim American Society apprecites President Obama's reaffirmation that "the United States is not — and never will be — at war with Islam… Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. We concur with the president that his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.
Ahmad El Bendary
Muslim American Society
MIM:The Council of Islamic Organisations of Greater Chicago press release quotes their chairperson Dr. Zaher Sahloul who is the former president of the Hamas run Mosque Foundation. Below a picture with Sahloul and Hamas cleric Jamal Said and the head of CAIR Chicago Ahmed Rehab together with W.D. Muhammad and Saudi Prince Al- Turki.
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Media Contact: Kiran Ansari [email protected] 630-544-9377
What: PRESS CONFERENCE on Monday, May 2, 2011
Where: Downtown Islamic Center, 231 S. State St, Chicago, IL 60604
(Chicago, IL - 5/2/11) -- The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) welcomes the end of a dark era and the bringing of justice to the victims of 9/11 with news of the death of Osama bin Laden.
"This is a historic moment not only to the families of the victims of 9/11 but for the whole world. A mass murderer who served as the face of global terrorism is gone," said Kiran Ansari, Communication Director of CIOGC. "We pray that his death will bring a measure of relief to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and to everyone, from every faith and walk of life, who has suffered from Al-Qaida's terrorist attacks."
"His actions and those of Al-Qaeda violate the most fundamental teachings of Islam, the sanctity of human life, and his repeated acts of terror have been met with moral outrage by Muslims worldwide," said CIOGC Chairperson Dr. Zaher Sahloul. "We thank President Obama for overseeing this operation and his reiterating that 'the United States is not - and never will be - at war with Islam'".
The operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden is one of the most important achievements of President Obama and his national security team. We are also hopeful that the "Arab Spring," the widespread movements in the Middle East of peaceful protestors demanding democracy and freedom, has signified the death of Al-Qaeda's ideology of violent extremism. However, as the President noted in his statement, we must continue to be vigilant in the fight against extremism. The Council will continue to play its part.
"We stand together with our fellow Americans, as part of one family, in remaining vigilant against any and all threats to our country and we will continue to work hand in hand with our friends and neighbors to protect the values upon which our nation was founded: peace, tolerance and freedom," said Ahlam Jbara, the Associate Director of CIOGC.
The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is a federation of 53 mosques, schools and social service organizations in the metropolitan Chicago region that collectively represent over 400,000 Muslims. The Council works to coordinate the activities of the Muslim community as well as provide education, training, networking and advocacy to and on behalf of our member organizations. www.ciogc.org
Shaikh Jamal Said, Director & Imam of Mosque Foundation, H.R.H Prince Turki, Imam W.D. Muhammad, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, and Ahmed Rehab pose for a group photo after the event.
MIM: The American - Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is notorious for their efforts to undermine the war on terror and has sued the FBI and JTTF. They are heavily funded by Saudi prince Alwaleed Bin Talal whose 10 million dollar contribution to the 9/11 survivors fund was rejected by then NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani after Bin Talal stated that the attacks were the result of American support for Israel.
ADC Congratulates President Obama
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 5, 2011 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) congratulates President Barack H. Obama and his Administration Team for the successful operation that eliminated Osama bin Laden. Justice has been rendered to the leader of the terrorists who killed thousands of innocent people on the worst foreign attack on American soil in our Nation's history.
To paraphrase the President's own statements: We will never forget our loss, or waiver in our commitment for equality and justice, or the pursuit of peace and human dignity for all people. On that day of 9/11 and today – no matter where we came from or what our citizenship is, no matter what our faith is, or what race or ethnicity we are – we are united as one family in our commitment to each other, our love of community and country, and our standing up for our values in our pursuit of liberty and justice for all.
We remain: "E Pluribus Unum," or "Out of Many, One."
MIM: ASMA's founder Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf and his wife Daisy Khan are behind the efforts to build the 9/11 mosque on the ruins of the WTC. Rauf is an Islamist who wrote a book which was subtitled "Islamic Da'wa from the Rubble of the World Trade Center" which was published by the Saudi funded IIIT.
American Society For Muslim Advancement (ASMA) Statement
"As president Obama reminded us that this terrorist was not a Muslim leader and did not represent Islam. He caused many to question the fundamental core beliefs we hold dear-love of one's fellow neighbor; respect for others' ways of life, and; mutual dialogue and understanding."
We are grateful to President Obama and all others who were instrumental in the demise of a global terrorist who created unbelievable tragedy here in the United States and around the world.
Today, we speak not as Muslims, and not even as Americans. We speak as human beings who are committed to democracy, and the rule of law.
This act was carried out in the name of religion and was an affront on the human condition. As president Obama reminded us that this terrorist was not a Muslim leader and did not represent Islam. He caused many to question the fundamental core beliefs we hold dear-love of one's fellow neighbor; respect for others' ways of life, and; mutual dialogue and understanding.
We are heartened that the human condition has triumphed over this attack. Despite continued challenges, the world has come together and billions of people of different nations, races and beliefs embraced one another in the common bonds of brother and sisterhood.
Today, we stand with these same voices and hope that the demise of a global terrorist will usher in an era of peace and tranquility for us all.
Cordoba Initiative Statement - Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on the Demise of Osama Bin Laden
(Manhattan- New York- May 2nd 2011) 9/11 created a wound that aggravated the divide between the Muslim World and the West. The demise of Osama bin Laden, coinciding with the wave of revolutions in the Arab world, is a hopeful milestone. We hope it will bring to a close the chapter of terrorism, whether committed by non-state actors like Al-Qaeda or state actors like Libya's Qaddafi.
I applaud President Obama for his resolute efforts in the war against terror, including bringing Bin Laden to justice and supporting the aspirations of the Arab world to establish democratic regimes responsive to the needs of their people.
As our President reminded us, Bin Laden did not represent Islam. The Quran explicitly states that no soul shall be responsible for the sins of another. Terrorism, which targets innocents who had no part in a crime, fundamentally violates this Quranic commandment. Thousands of innocents, including Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, have been the targets of al-Qaeda's actions.
Terrorism breaks down the structures of civic society, destroys lives and economies. What we all need now is to build the vibrant bonds of community and commit to peace work.
I join my fellow human beings of all faith communities in praying for a more peaceful world to come.
MIM: The AAI is an anti Israel pro Palestinian organisation and are apologists for terror.
Arab American Institute (AAI) Statement
As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11, the death of Osama bin Laden represents an important milestone for the U.S. in its war against al Qaeda. While nothing can adequately address the pain of people who have lost loved ones—whether here or abroad—bin Laden's death is justice served.
Bin Laden was the leader of a movement that has, for years, been responsible for terrible crimes committed against not only Americans, but also thousands of Arabs and Muslims worldwide. Indeed as President Obama noted, "The United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I've made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims."
While al Qaeda remains a serious worldwide threat, we are mindful that their ideology—embodied in bin Laden—is increasingly failing. Our challenge now is to develop an effective strategy against this terrorist clique that has metastasized into a larger and more diffuse movement whose recruiters still prey off alienation and anger at the West.
MIM: The CSID is an Islamist organisation which promotes shari'a.
Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) Statement
CSID Hopes for a New Era after the Death of Osama Ben Laden
(Washington D.C. 5/3/2011)—The death of Ben Laden—the mastermind and the iconic face of al-Qaeda which has caused death and destruction in the name of Islam for the past 15 years - has led to a collective sigh of relief among Muslims and non-Muslims. However, we have to remember that al-Qaeda still exists as a loose network of regional groups fiercely committed to militant operations against their perceived enemies. These regional units can and will no doubt continue to operate. Why? Because each of them is focused on specific, regional grievances—usually having to do with non-representative, unpopular governments whose power is supported by foreign countries. This situation leaves their subjects feeling powerless, and the fanatical few believe that they can resolve the issue through terrorist tactics. Many of these regional grievances remain.
Still, his death comes at a pivotal point in history. Majorities have taken to the streets in the Arab world to air their grievances through peaceful demonstrations, calling for the end of autocracy and demanding three things: freedom, dignity, and jobs. These popular movements have been successful in Tunisia and Egypt, and the U.S. under President Obama has stood with the majority—as it is doing in Libya right now. The success of these popular revolutions—and U.S. support for them—has done more to neutralize al-Qaeda than all the drone attacks in Pakistan. We must keep the momentum going. Continued support for popular, representative, civilian governance—rather than the non-representative autocracies we have often supported in the past for "stability" or "strategic interests"—will further erode what little support al-Qaeda retains.
The deliberate killing of innocent civilians to strike terror in people so that they will change their system of governance is a politically motivated tactic, not a religious one. Respect for religion requires that we strive for the peaceful resolution of grievances, the fostering of justice, and the improvement of living conditions for all. Contributing to efforts to make a better future for Islamic countries that are trying to find their way toward a more democratic governance based on mutual respect, justice, and tolerance is something all of us can do. This is why CSID was founded 12 years ago, is open to people of all faiths, and has had programs in virtually all of these countries. Our recent annual conference focusing on improving the governance and economy of Egypt and Tunisia exemplified these ideals. As we approach the tenth anniversary of September 11, we at CSID remain as committed as ever to our fundamental mission.
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