CAIR Urges Mosques, Imams to Endorse Anti-Terror Fatwa

August 15, 2005

Source: The Council on American-Islamic Relations

On August 15, 2005 The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a call for Islamic leaders and organizations in the United States to "endorse the recent fatwa against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America. The fatwa, which was released at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on July 28, reads in part: 'The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam's absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism. Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram – or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not "martyrs"'... The fatwa effort, which was coordinated by CAIR, has already been endorsed by some 300 Muslim institutions and individuals."