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Contact: Imam Muhammad Musri
Muslims Condemn Attacks on Embassies in Libya and Egypt
Orlando, FL - September 12, 2012 - The Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) strongly condemns the cowardly criminal attacks against the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and the three staff members who were killed in these senseless criminal acts. We call on the Libyan and Egyptian authorities to bring the murderers and vandals swiftly to justice. It is heartbreaking that Ambassador Stevens who loved, and worked hard to help bring freedom to Libya, is murdered in Benghazi, the very city he helped save from Gaddafi.
The radical mobs who carried out the attacks are not representative of Islam, and do not represent the vast majority of Muslims. The mobs were reacting to a provocative film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, part of which was circulated online by a “Pastor” from Gainesville, FL who held an “International Judge Muhammad Day”, and who repeatedly insulted Muslims worldwide with Quran burnings, mock trials of Prophet Muhammad, and hate speech on Islam. We remind Muslims that Prophet Muhammad was subjected to physical and verbal abuse, but responded in a peaceful and loving manner, not allowing the provocations to influence his peaceful character. Therefore, under no circumstances is any kind of violence ever justified in response to the provocations. The Quran and the Prophet Muhammad are quite clear on this, and they call on every Muslim to be the protector of all HUMAN life and property.
As we have always stated, freedom of speech is very much a part of Islam, however, with freedom comes responsibility. The alleged ‘men of God’ who are responsible for this despicable film knew quite well and intended to cause such terrible reactions. They are also behaving in contradiction to the tenants of their faith, and they share in the responsibility for these criminal acts. We call for an increase in honest and civil dialogue among people of all faiths and traditions to improve relationships with one another.