*updated on Nov. 14, 2015
via ING (STATEMENT) on NOVEMBER 13, 2015:
ING and its Affiliates nationwide join the global chorus of voices praying for and offering our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s horrific, ongoing terror attacks in Paris, France.
No belief, cause, or grievance justifies the kind of gratuitous and senseless violence employed by the attackers in Paris. Such inhuman behavior accomplishes nothing and flies in the face of both natural ethics and the commandments of God. We pray that the perpetrators are found and quickly brought to justice. In the face of such tragedy, it is heartening to see people in Paris and around the world responding with acts of love and service, such as Parisians opening their doors to anyone in the city seeking shelter and safety for the night coordinated through social media, and taxi drivers across the city offering rides at no cost.
As Muslims, people of other faiths, and leaders across the world swiftly and fully condemn these attacks, we reaffirm the following values and principles that we have previously emphasized:
We affirm and uphold the sanctity of all human life, the taking of which is among the gravest of all sins.
We affirm the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and speech.
We affirm the right to security in one’s livelihood, profession, and residence.
We believe that God created us with all the diversity of race, religion, language, and belief to get to know one another, not to despise or hate one another.
We believe that Islam is above all a religion of peace and mercy, and that Muslims are obligated to model those traits in their lives and characters and to work for the good of our homeland and society, wherever that might be.
ING and ING Affiliates
November 13, 2015
Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement. We work through regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country who provide thousands of presentations, training seminars and workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs. Reaching hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals a year at the grassroots level, ING is building bridges among people of all backgrounds.
via NIHAD AWAD, EXEC. DIRECTOR of CAIR (PRESS CONFERENCE) on NOVEMBER 14, 2015:
Executive Director of the Council on American Islamic Relations Nihad Awad condemns terror attacks in Paris and suggest ways the American Muslim community and all Americans should respond at a news conference organized by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) in Washington, D.C.
by SALAM AL-MARYATI/PRESIDENT of MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL on NOVEMBER 14, 2015:
The attacks in Paris were horrific and despicable, and taking innocent life violates the principles of every faith. The orchestration of multiple locations and maximization of casualties shows a sinister disregard for life that is grossly at odds with any and all of us as human beings and as American citizens.
We must redouble our efforts for partnership and cooperation with law enforcement, as they have the challenging dual responsibility to neutralize any terrorist threat and also to protect communities from any backlash.
Our country must be united in this time of crisis; unity will enhance our efforts to fend off any violent extremism and preserve the values of our society.
To mitigate any attempt by ISIS in their recruiting efforts in the U.S., we are promoting programs to build resilience against its terrorist ideology.
Our prayers and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the victims.
We share these same condolences with the French Embassy, and later this week, plan to visit the Embassy with our interfaith partners as a way to express our collective concern and solidarity.
We also acknowledge the carnage that took place in Beirut. Our hearts go out to those impacted by that attack and to all victims of terrorism around the world.
Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to improving public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities.