—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (September 8, 2011) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) today issued a statement on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
“As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we stand with our fellow Americans in remembering the innocent lives lost on that fateful day and condemn such acts. These attacks were a heinous crime—an assault on our nation and the values of the American people.
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JAMAICA, New York – The Islamic Circle of North America is extremely horrified and saddened by the tragedy in New York and Washington D.C. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this horrible and despicable crime. We condemn these heinous acts and call upon our political leaders and the media to act responsibly when speculating about the perpetrators. Islam does not permit such unjust actions.
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American Muslims are twice the victims of 9/11. We lost our friends and colleagues on the morning our nation was attacked, including ICNA New Jersey’s active member Tariq Amanullah in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center, and lost our liberties in the months and years following that day. The rise of Islamophobia in the United States drastically changed public perception of Muslims, and favorable opinion of Muslims dropped to an all time low of 38%* in the past decade. Yet our community has shown resilience in the face of fear mongering, and worked tirelessly to build bridges and promote tolerance in the United States.
ICNA was the first organization to establish a fund for the victims of 9/11, and provided services in identifying these victims and helping their families cope with their loss. ICNA also provided legal and financial assistance to 9/11 detainees and their families, who were unfairly arrested and detained in the months after the attacks and suffered greatly in the name of “national security.”
ICNA is one of many Muslim organizations that are committed to working toward a better America, and has taken extraordinary steps in outreach and service in the past 10 years.
A decade after the September 11 attacks, we believe it is time for America to rethink the global “war on terror.” This 1.25 trillion dollar war has claimed the lives of nearly 6,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. As a result of the post-9/11 wars and drone attacks anti-American sentiment has increased across the globe**; it is time for our country to end the cycle of violence that came of that day.
As our nation moves forward in remembrance, we must also remain vigilant of all kinds of extremism. Recent events in Norway remind us once again that terror knows no religious limits. They also point to the rise of bigotry and Islamophobia, and the devastating effects of this hatred. We must stand together as we did after 9/11 and combat all forms of extremism and radicalization.
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the Islamic Circle of North America and American Muslims across the country will remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day 10 years ago. We join our nation in honoring their memory.”