CAIR-MI statement denouncing Al-Qaeda

The following statement was read in front of the media today on the local, national and international levels.

Al-Jazeera in Arabic should be broadcasting our interview tomorrow.

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Statement by CAIR-MI Director Dawud Walid

American Muslims Condemn Al-Qaeda’s Involvement in Failed Airline Attack Over Detroit

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today strongly condemns Al-Qaeda for its self-acknowledged role in a failed attack on a passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day.

No faith or legitimate political ideology could ever justify the injuring or murdering of innocent civilians. No cause or grievances can ever justify such wanton violence.

To members of Al-Qaeda and their sympathizers, we say your actions constitute “irhab” (terrorism) and “hirabah” (unlawful warfare), not “jihad” (striving in the cause of G-d).  Murdering innocent civilians is making war against the Quran, the very foundation of Islam, for G-d clearly says that to kill one innocent person is like killing all of humankind.

To our fellow Americans, we ask you not to paint all Muslims with a broad brush and to resist the temptation to label us all as potential threats.

The incidents that took place in Detroit and in Arizona on Sunday in which three men were erroneously believed to have been security threats, primarily because of their ethnicities, are examples of innocent people being profiled and humiliated because of fear.

President Obama addressed our nation yesterday on our need to balance our national security concerns with our civil liberties concerns.

Mr. Obama stated:

“Those plotting against us seek not only to undermine our security, but also the open society and the values that we cherish as Americans…As Americans, we will never give in to fear or division. We will be guided by our hopes, our unity, and our deeply held values.”

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