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Muslim Intellectuals denounce violence and terrorism as unislamic on the 1st Anniversary of September 11 Tragedy.

Several prominent American Muslims, organizations, and scholars issued the
following statement denouncing violence and terrorism, especially in the
name of Islam, a religion of peace and justice.  The statement was issued on
the eve of the first anniversary of the tragedy of Sept. 11, and has been
signed by 203 prominent American Muslims, and scholars of Islam from all
over the world.

For more information, please call Dr. Radwan A. Masmoudi, Executive
Director, at 202-251-3036, Mr. Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Director of Dialogue of
Civilizations, at 301-529-9816, e-mail:, or visit


As American Muslims and scholars of Islam, we wish to restate our conviction
that peace and justice constitute the basic principles of the Muslim faith.
We wish again to state unequivocally that neither the al-Qaeda organization
nor Usama bin Laden represents Islam or reflects Muslim beliefs and
practice. Rather, groups like al-Qaeda have misused and abused Islam in
order to fit their own radical and indeed anti-Islamic agenda.  Usama bin
Laden and al-Qaeda's actions are criminal, misguided and counter to the true
teachings of Islam.  We call on people of all faiths not to judge Islam by
the actions of a few.

We believe in justice and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. We are
convinced that security for Israel can only be achieved by justice for
Palestinians.  Today, a modicum of justice requires the establishment of an
independent Palestinian state through the exercise of Palestinian
self-determination.  We believe that the continued occupation of Palestinian
territories, and Israel's repeated disregard of international law, have made
life in the occupied territories unbearable.  We say most clearly, however,
that the killing of innocent civilians, whether Christian, Muslim, or
Jewish, is always wrong and is forbidden in Islamic law and ethics.
Illegitimate means can never be justified by a desirable or noble goal.

On this first anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, we call on all
people of conscience to denounce violence and to work peacefully for the
creation of a better world.  We also urge our government leaders to work for
peace, justice, liberty, and democracy around the globe.


Name                Affiliation/Institution*

CSID Board Members (12):

Radwan Masmoudi         Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy

Abdulwahab Alkebsi          Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy

Louay Safi              Center for Balanced Development

Muqtedar Khan           Adrian College

Jamal Barzinji              International Institute for Islamic Thought

Abdulaziz Sachedina         University of Virginia

Louis J. Cantori            University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Charles E. Butterworth      University of Maryland

John L. Esposito            CMCU, Georgetown University

Tamara Sonn             College of Williams and Mary

Antony T. Sullivan          Fund for American Studies

Svend A. White          CSID, Doha, Qatar

Islamic Organizations and Mosques (46):

Muzammil H. Siddiqi         Islamic Society of Orange County, California

Imam Talal Eid          Islamic Center of New England, Quincy, MA

Kevin   James               Islamic Soc. of Fire-Fighting Dept., Brooklyn, NY

Sheila Musaji               The American Muslim

Shahed Amanullah            United Muslims of America, Fremont, CA

Aasma Khan              Muslims AGAINST Terrorism

Moina Noor              AMILA, Bay area, California

Aslam Abdullah          Editor, the Minaret and the Muslim Observer

Mahjabeen Islam, M.D.       United Muslim Association of Toledo

Ali A. Aatz             Islamic Association of Greater Hartford

Omar Bouderdaben            North Austin Muslim Community Center

Kamal Yassin                Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis

Muhammad Sannah         Islamic Society of W. Maryland

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh          Muslim Public Affairs Council, Los Angeles, CA

Mohamed Nimer           Council on American-Islamic Relations

Rashid Makhdoom         American Muslim Council

Siraj I.    Mufti               CSID, Tucson, AZ

A.S. Hashim, MD         Islamic Education Center, Potomac, MD

Mirza Moin Baig         Houston Mosque, TX

Kamal L. Abdul-Khalik       Muslim Students Association

Hasan Mohamed           Islamic Center of Irving

H. Anjim Khan               al-Huda School/

Ismail Abdul Alim           al-Fajr Masjid

Abeda Haque             Muslim Community Center of MD

Sulayman Abdul-Mussawer     Masjid an-Nur, Boston, MA

Samira Hussein          Muslims of Montgomery County

Abdul Rahman Rasheed        Masjid al-Islam, CT

Mariam Kazemi           Islamic Relief, Los Angeles, CA

Quarashia al-Shehab         Dar-ul-Islah, NJ

Akber Mohammed          Masjid al-Madina, OH

Imam Zaid Shakir            Masjid al-Islam

Shoukat Ali             ISCJ, New Jersey

Khursheed Mallick           IMANA, Downers Grove, IL

M. W. Rana              Islamic center of St.Louis, MO

Riad Adhami             ACCIS

Inayat I. Lalani                AMC - Dallas Fort Worth Chapter

Abdul Aziz Eddebbarh        MPAC, Las Vegas, NV

Sayed Qazi              MPAC, Las Vegas, NV

Atif Fareed             MPAC, Las Vegas, NV

Muhammad Sayeed         ICNA, New York

Ramzieh Azmeh           ISNA

S. Arif Rizvi               IMA

Ahsan Siddiq                ISNA

Syed Ahmed              ISNA

Mariyam Imran           ISNA

Khalid Chatta               MCCGP/ISNA

Academics (47):

Mohammed Abu-Nimer      American University

Khaled Abou El Fadl             UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Asma Afsaruddin         University of Notre Dame

Ahmad Sheikhzadeh           Political scientist, New York City, NY

Hibba Abugideiri            George Washington University

Kamran A. Bokhari           The University of Texas at Austin,

John P. Entelis         Fordham University, New York

John O. Voll                Georgetown University

Mohammed Sharif         University of Rhode Island

Mahmoud Sadri           Texas Woman's University

M. Mobin Shorish            Prof. Emeritus, Urbana, Il

Adila Masood                Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts

Engin I. Erdem          Department of Politics, University of Virginia

Syed Nasar              University of Kentucky

Fred Dallmayr               University of Notre Dame.

Jillian Schwedler           University of Maryland

David Burrell               University of Notre Dame

Robert Olson                University of Kentucky

Daniel Micallef             Univ. of Texas in Austin

Ikbal Akhtar                Tulane University

Michael Toler               SUNY Binghamton

Wanda Krause            University of Exeter

Gasser Auda             Islamic American University

Val Moghadam            Director, Women's Studies, Illinois State University

Amir Hussain                California State University, Northridge

Rima Pavalko                University of Maryland

Mahdi Alosh             Arabic Language Program, Ohio State University

Gunes Murat Tezcur          University of Michigan

Ali R. Abootalebi           University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Ibrahim Kalin               College of the Holy Cross

Mohamed Nur-Awaleh      Illinois State University

Mahmoud Al-Batal            Emory University

Waheed Samy         University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Abdul H. Raoof          State University College at Buffalo

Edward L. Angus         Prof. Emeritus, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

Jon Mandaville          Portland State University

Zaineb Istrabadi            Indiana University

Catherine Asher         University of Minnesota

Zayn Kassam             Pomona College

Sharon L. Parker            University of Arizona

Mahdi Alosh             Ohio State University

Fauzi M. Najjar         Prof. Emeritus Michigan State University

Eiman Hajabbasi         George Mason University

Sajida S. Alvi              McGill University, Canada

Constance E. Berkley            Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Nayereh Tohidi          California State University, Northridge

Abdullahi Gallab            Brigham Young University

From Around the Globe (32):

Tariq Ramadan           University of  Fribourg

Suleman Dangor          University of Durban-Westville, Durban, South Africa

Najah Kadhim                International Forum for Islamic Dialogue, London

Fatma Bostan Unsal          Justice and Development (AK) Party, Turkey

Shaikh Kabir Helminski      The Mevlevi Order, The Threshold Society

Nor Azurah Zakaria          Sisters-in-Islam Forum Malaysia

Ahmed  Abdalla          Islam-on-line, Egypt

S. Abdallah Schleifer           Adham Center, American University in Cairo

Tawfiq Alsaif               Centre for Study of Democracy, London, UK

Amina Rasul             Magbassa Kita Foundation, Philippines

Aftab Mack              AMAL press (UK)

Arwa Hassan             Transparency International, Berlin, Germany

Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen   Qom, Iran

Randy Fermo             Moro Committee, Philippines Solidarity Committee

Hassan Shi              Aga Khan University

Abdelhamid Lotfi            Mohammed V University, Rabat - Morocco

Mokhtar Benabdallaoui       University of Hassan II - Morocco

Rachid  Tlemēani            Institute of political Science, Algiers, Algeria

Cherno M.Jallow         Civil Affairs Officer, UNAMSIL, Sierra Leone

Haytham Mouzahem            Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, Beirut-Lebanon

Allan Ismail                Allieds Interpreters, Amman, Jordan

Hassan Saeed Hussain        Editor, Aafathis Newspaper, Rep. of Maldives

Anja Pistor-Hatam           University of Kiel, Germany

Mohammed Faisal Rahman      Way of Islam Service (WOIS), Port of Spain,

Ibrahim Abu Bakar                   Malaysia

Nancy Roberts           Amman, Jordan

David Osgood                Cairo, Egypt

Kyoko N.Calhoun         Tokyo,Japan

M. Abdul Qavi               Blackheath, London, UK

Sahar Talaat                Cairo, Egypt

Shan Haq                Pakistan

Hamid Saeed             Pakistan

Think Tanks (8):

John Duke Anthony               National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations,
Washington DC

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad      Minaret of Freedom Institute, Washington DC

Aly R. Abuzaakouk           ARA Media Services

Robert D. Crane         Center for Understanding Islam

Gray Henry                  Fons Vitae/Islamic Texts Society

Lobna Ismail                Connecting Cultures

Aziz al-Taee                Iraqi American Council

Mirsad Mujovic, MBA         Independent Institute for Social Studies

Interfaith Community (7):

Mary Ann Fadae          Christian Theological Seminary

Osman Bakar             Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding

Michael Kirtley             President, The Friendship Caravan, Inc.

Hashim El-Tinay         Founder Salam Sudan Foundation

Loucia Isaac Seropian       Haigazian University - Beirut

James Redington         Woodstock Theological Center

Alim Khan               Granada Muslims and Jews for Human Rights, Chicago

Concerned Citizens (51):

Avis Asiye Allman           Independent Scholar, New York City

Michael Wolfe               Santa Cruz, CA

Mahin Khatami                           Medical Scientist

Mohammed el-Sheikh          U.S. Air Force

Arshad Khan             National Press Club

A. Nooruddeen Durkee            Green Mountain School

Noora I. Durkee                 Green Mountain School

Tahha N. Harp           Pharmacist, Dearborn, Michigan

Arif Parwani                Civil Engineer, Fremont, CA

Peter Molan             USDOD Middle East Analyst (retired)

Lily Yazdi              (Individual)

Mahir Haroun                Reliable Financial Services, Silver Spring, MD

Janet McElligott            Washington, DC

Tooba Mayel             Alexandria, VA

M. Salim Chowdhrey, MD      Livingston, NJ

Mediha Ozdindar         Orange, California

Mehar N Chowdhrey MD        Livingston, NJ

Mohamed Osman           Charlotte, NC

Mohamed Jarbu           Charlotte, NC

Manzoor Husain          Durham, NC

Ashraf Khan             New York

Muhammad Feroz          Orlando, FL

M. Husam                Arkansas

Masood A. Sheikh            N. Andover, MA

Katam Falou             Maple Grove, MN

Karim Pathan                Raleigh, NC

Najib Abdul-Haq         Atlanta, GA

Shamiul Islam               Nashville, TN

Gamal Selim             NYC, NY

Kenrick W. Hackett          Philadelphia, PA

Aishe Syed              Richmond, BC

Ridwanur Rahman         Olney, MD

Areeb Quasem            Silver Spring, MD

Rana Khandekar          Atlanta, GA

Rahmatullah Syed            Montpellier, VT

Tabasum Saeed           Edison, NJ

Bibi A. Khan                Farmingdale, NY

A. L. Poonawalla            No. Brunswick, NJ

David Haula             Fairfax, VA

Mokhtar Zitoun          Fairfax, VA

Aydan Kalyoncu          Fairfax VA

Kamal Halwagi           Environmental Engineer

Maliha Mohiuddin            Manlius, New York

Jawaid Ahsah                Nashville, TN

Kareem Irfan                Chicago, IL

Hamza Kashif                Alexandria Comm. Co.

Ismail Obeidallah           Bowie, MD

Shali al-Khatib             NIH, Maryland

Ayesha Mohamed          NYC, NY

Mustafa Amier

Marjorie Ackerman

* Organizations for identification only (partial list as of Sept. 9)



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