Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

MPAC Condemns Extremism (Again)

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

MPAC Condemns Extremism (Again)

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The Muslim Public Affairs Council's Washington, DC office sponsored a press conference at the National Press Club Sept. 9 to commemorate the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and condemn extremism, which all Muslims have done repeatedly in the past year. MPAC public relations director Sarah Eltantauui opened the interfaith event with a moment of silence.

Law professor Azizah al-Hibri provided an informative Muslim perspective on the very un-Islamic Sept. 11 hijacking. Islam condemns the sin of arrogance, she explained, as well as using violence to force change. Commenting on the tensions between Islamic nations and the U.S., Dr. al-Hibri noted that Islam calls for peace with justice, and that many of the current conflicts are caused by injustice. Although the year after the 9/11 attacks has brought great sorrow to many Americans, she said--including Muslim-Americans, who lost 500 of their own, as well as many civil liberties--Dr. al-Hibri said she prayed this next year will give all Americans hope.

Dr. Partha Banerjee, a Hindu, discussed extremists in every religion who are using the war on terrorism to further their own political goals. …

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