—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
 
JAMAICA, New York (August 26, 2009) – In a press release issued today, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) offered its condolences to the family of Senator Edward Kennedy and to the American people.
 
Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of the Islamic Circle of North America, stated, “Today is a day of deep sorrow, not only for the Kennedy family, but also for the entire nation. We offer our sincerest condolences to Senator Kennedy’s family and to the American public on this great loss.”

“Today America lost a father, a hero and a politician who was not afraid to say the right thing during the most trying times. Edward Kennedy was a symbol of American politics, respected in America and throughout the world for his stance on the issues of social justice and equality. He was against unjust wars and all kinds of torture. A great defender of civil liberties, Senator Kennedy took a stand against the profiling of American Muslims. He also fought for the weak and poor of society, playing a key role in Medicare reform for seniors and the provision of healthcare for children from poor families.”
“Senator Kennedy and his lifelong commitment to the public will always be remembered. He will be missed dearly.”

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