The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) is horrified and profoundly saddened by the killing of four Jewish worshippers at a Synagogue in Jerusalem.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in this grievous time.
The Holy Quran teaches us to honor the Islamic Protection of Life, “Whoever kills a person, unless [as punishment through due process] for murder or mischief in the land, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Quran 5:32) In Islam, Places of Worship must be protected under any circumstance, and monasteries, churches and synagogues are specifically mentioned as places of worship protected by God. We are taught that “if God had not enabled people to defend themselves against one another, [all] monasteries and churches and synagogues and mosques – in [all of] which Gods name is abundantly extolled – would surely have been destroyed.” (Qu’ran 22:40) ADAMS condemns any attacks that violate the sanctity of houses of worship in general. As the Holy Quran makes plain, no attacks on, or even injustice done to, Muslims can ever justify the killing or harming of innocent people.
We therefore pray for an end to the violence and conflict, and for Peace between Israelis and Palestinians (Israeli Jewish/Muslim/Christian and Palestinian Muslim/Christian) As Imam Mohamed Magid and Rabbi Michael Holzmann said this past summer, “While we do not pretend to know the pain of the mourners, we also urge them to honor their loved ones not through the tribal urge for revenge, but rather to build up societies of justice and mercy. These values are the cornerstones of civilization and the paving stones to peace. Seeking more blood for blood only perverts and discards the great traditions of Islam and Judaism. We abandoned an “eye for an eye” centuries ago. Now we urge our brothers and sisters in the Middle East to seek a solution that protects the self while fostering compassion for the other.” https://www.adamscenter.org/?p=1185
PEACE, Rizwan Jaka Chair, Board of Trustees & Interfaith/Government/Media Committee Co-Chair, All Dulles Area Muslim Society(ADAMS)
ADAMS Condemns ISIS and it’s Attacks on Iraq’s Religious Minorities, Muslim Communities, and American Journalists.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society(ADAMS) Condemns the terrorist group known as Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) for its attacks on Iraq’s religious minorities, Iraq’s various Muslim communities, and the American journalist. ISIS actions against Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, and American journalists in Iraq violate Quranic teachings on Protecting Religious Freedom and Protection of Life. ‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’ (Quran: Surah al-Baqara 2:256) “Whoever kills a person, unless [as punishment through due process] for murder or mischief in the land, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Quran Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:32) Imam Mohamed Magid, ADAMS Executive Religious Director and ISNA President said “We condemn all of this un-Islamic behavior and their actions are to be denounced. These actions are in no way representative of mainstream teachings of Islam. These acts of terrorism and murder cannot be justified according to the faith practiced by over 1.6 billion people.” Rizwan Jaka, ADAMS Board Chairperson and ISNA Board Member spoke about Peace, Religious Freedom, and Protection of Life in the Middle East and Around the World on Fri Aug 15 at an Interfaith Prayer Service hosted by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington at the St. John Paul II National Shrinehttp://www.adw.org/2014/08/14/cardinal-wuerl-celebrate-mass-peace/
Please see Statements on FATWA Against Terrorism and ADAMS Religious Freedom Statement
Please see statements by The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. http://www.isna.net/isna-condemns-isis-execution-of-journalist-james-wright-foley.html http://www.isna.net/isna-denounces-isis-attacks-on-iraqs-religious-minorities.html
Humanitarian Statement for the Innocent Civilians of Gaza and Prayers for Peace
(Fri Aug 8, 2014) Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all the victims and the families of the victims of the innocent Civilians of Gaza. From God We Come to God We Return. The escalation in and around the Gaza Strip has caused terrible suffering to many innocent Civilians in Gaza(children, women, men, and the elderly). A lot has happened during this conflict and as the Muslim community we should work with legitimate Muslim and International agencies working with the United Nations to work toward the recovery and rebuilding of Gaza to alleviate the hardship of many civilians in Gaza
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that 1,176 of 1,717 deaths whose identities they have so far verified, were civilians (68%), of whom 573 were women or children. According to OCHA, as of 3 August 2014 in the Gaza Strip, over 485,000 Palestinians had been displaced, of which 269,793 were taking shelter in 90 UNRWA schools. UNRWA has exhausted its capacity to absorb displaced persons, and overcrowding in shelters risks the outbreak of epidemics. 1.8 million people are affected by a halt or reduction of the water supply, 141 schools and 26 health facilities have been damaged, 945 homes (10,690 families) have been totally destroyed or severely damaged and the homes of 5,435 families have been damaged but are still inhabitable. Throughout the Gaza Strip, people receive only 3 hours of electricity per day. The destruction of Gaza’s only power plant had an immediate effect on the public health situation and reduced water and sanitation services, with hospitals becoming dependent on generators.
We call on major escalation of humanitarian assistance for innocent civilians of Gaza. We understand the United States has donated $47 Million for Humanitarian Relief for Innocent Gaza Civilians, but we believe that much more needs to be done by the United States Government to help. We also encourage community members to donate to authorized charities working with the United Nations like Islamic Relief USA, United Muslim Relief, UNWRA, Red Cross(Palestine Red Crescent) – Please links below.
We pray that the war will not resume and peace will last and to have a full complete and comprehensive peace agreement in which Palestinians and Israelis will be able to live with dignity and in security and allow people in the region to resume their peaceful lives.
Please see how you can continue to help
On July 22nd, Imam Mohamed Magid spoke with Vice President Joseph Biden while attending an interfaith iftar dinner, to express the American Muslim community’s concern for the loss of innocent lives in Gaza http://www.isna.net/isna-president-expresses-concerns-on-gaza-crisis-to-vice-president-biden-at-interfaith-iftar-dinner.html
United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza
Please Help Innocent Civilians in Gaza:
Please join over 73,000 Americans who have written to Government Officials at (www.nodeadkids.com).
STATISTIC SOURCE: Wikipedia and United Nations
Joint Statement on Israel/Gaza
July 22, 2014
Imam Mohamed Magid & Rabbi Michael G. Holzman
The current military operations in Israel and the Gaza strip should disturb all people of faith. The only
moral path to a solution between Israelis and Palestinians (Israeli Jewish/Muslim/Christian and
Palestinian Muslim/Christian) will be dialogue and negotiation. This is a long and arduous path, but the
faith that grounds our traditions can sustain the slow evolution of history. The current conflict is an
outgrowth of over a century of opposing narratives and ideological differences that no military
operations can resolve.
Our traditions exist to uphold the moral foundations for civilizations and as such we urge an end to the
current violence. While we acknowledge the need for self defense, when the can of violence opens, as
it has now, worms of vengeance and blood-feud crawl out. Then people begin to abandon the principles
of justice and mercy upon which civilizations are founded. Instead they turn to more tribal urges,
seeking retribution for past wrongs.
We believe the current violence crosses that line. At some point people cease looking for solutions and
instead succumb to base human urges for violence. They crave the blood of the enemy to compensate
for the pain of loss. This is the way of our animal instincts, the ethos of ancient tribes and clans who
exist only to protect all within, while opposing all others. The teachings of our ancestors rose above that
thinking long ago to build great civilizations. We believe that when we look to our texts and traditions
we can rise above the narrative of suffering and victimization to find roads to healing and wholeness.
The Torah this week teaches of the “Cities of Refuge” (Numbers 35: 6-28) places where a person can flee
after an accidental death or manslaughter in order so that relatives of the deceased cannot exact
revenge. The one who flees must face criminal justice, and the City of Refuge serves as both a haven
and prison for the man slaughterer while restricting the blood thirst of the avenger. The people living in
Israel and Gaza can look at the current situation and see only murder and intentional killing, or they can
see how decades of hatred breed spontaneous violence. In these heated emotions, our traditions call for
cooling off, seeking refuge, and then finding a path to justice. Only through such systems can orderand
peace be restored.
Several verses from the Quran also give us reminders to work for the protection of life and how
to respond with good and forgiveness in times of major challenge and conflict.
“Good and wrong cannot be equal; repel wrong with something which is better and verily he
between whom and thyself was enmity may then become as though he had always been a close,
true friend.” (Quran 41:34)
The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes
reconciliation, his reward is due from God: for (God) loveth not those who do wrong(Quran 42:40)
Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all)
humans;- for God loves those who do good(Quran 3:134)
“Whoever kills a person, unless [as punishment through due process] for murder or
mischief in the land, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it
is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Quran 5:32)
While we do not pretend to know the pain of the mourners, we also urge them to honor their loved
ones not through the tribal urge for revenge, but rather to build up societies of justice and mercy.
These values are the cornerstones of civilization and the paving stones to peace. Seeking more blood
for blood only perverts and discards the great traditions of Islam and Judaism. We abandoned an “eye
for an eye” centuries ago. Now we urge our brothers and sisters in the Middle East to seek a solution
that protects the self while fostering compassion for the other.