Milwaukee Muslims Condemn Attacks in Boston, Thank Law Enforcement for their Identification and Pursuit of Those Responsible
(April 19, 2013) Earlier this week, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee condemned the heinous attacks on the Boston Marathon participants and attendees and called for the apprehension of the attackers. Based on this morning’s events, the Islamic Society thanks law enforcement for their identification and pursuit of the two individuals who have been identified as responsible for the attacks. We also call on law enforcement to fully investigate the motives of the attackers and to identify any accomplices who they might have had.
While the motives of the attackers have not been established at this time, the Islamic Society wants to take this opportunity to express its condemnation of terrorism and any attacks against innocent civilians. In 2005 in reaction to the London terrorist bombings, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee stated its complete support for the fatwa (religious ruling) against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, which reaffirmed 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 Islamic Society of Milwaukee also is a signatory, along with hundreds of thousands of other Muslim individuals and organizations in this country, to the "Not in the Name of Islam" petition, which states: "We, the undersigned Muslims, wish to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror, murder and cruelty in the name of Islam are not only destroying innocent lives, but are also betraying the values of the faith they claim to represent. No injustice done to Muslims can ever justify the massacre of innocent people, and no act of terror will ever serve the cause of Islam. We repudiate and dissociate ourselves from any Muslim group or individual who commits such brutal and un-Islamic acts. We refuse to allow our faith to be held hostage by the criminal actions of a tiny minority acting outside the teachings of both the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him."
Islamic Society of Milwaukee and All National Muslim Organizations Condemn the Boston Marathon Attacks
(April 16, 2013) The Islamic Society of Milwaukee and all reputable national Muslim organizations have condemned the attacks on the Boston Marathon participants and attendees and have called for those responsible to be quickly apprehended and prosecuted for committing such a heinous crime. The Muslim organizations have also called on their members to assist, in any way they can, the injured and their families.
Below are statements released by Muslim organizations:
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The Islamic Society of Milwaukee held its annual general assembly meeting on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Islamic Center. We would like to sincerely thank all members of the ISM who attended and participated.
At the annual meeting, the ISM Election Committee announced the results of this year's elections. The following individuals were elected to serve on the thirteen member Executive Board:
Ahmed J. Quereshi as President
Nabil Salous as Treasurer
Salah Sarsour as Religious Affairs Chair
Shaik O. Sayeed as Education Chair
Mohamed Sandid as At-Large Member
Congratulations to all those who have been elected. May Allah (swt) bless them for all of their volunteer work and their willingness to serve their faith and their community.