Sunday, July 24, 2005

Muslim condemnation of attacks

You know, I've heard many times the complaint that Muslims have not come forward and condemned the attacks of 9/11 or issued a fatwa against Bin Laden. In point of fact, they have and in great numbers. This just hasn't been adequately reported by the news media. Here's a web page that list numerous condemnations of the attacks of 9/11 called Muslims Condemn Terrorist Attacks.

And heres' a CNN article called Bin Laden fatwa as Spain remembers. Here's an excerpt:

MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Muslim clerics in Spain have issued what they called the world's first fatwa, or Islamic edict, against Osama bin Laden as the country marked the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people.

They accused him of abandoning his religion and urged others of their faith to denounce the al Qaeda leader, who is believed to be hiding out near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The ruling was issued by the Islamic Commission of Spain, the main body representing the country's 1 million-member Muslim community. The commission invited imams to condemn terrorism at Friday prayers.

The fatwa said that according to the Koran "the terrorist acts of Osama bin Laden and his organization al Qaeda ... are totally banned and must be roundly condemned as part of Islam."

The Guardian has reported that hate crimes against Muslims are way up in the UK. There needs to be a concerted effort among members of the news media to educate the public about what mainstream, moderate Muslims really believe about terrorism.

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