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In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) July 25, 2005.

The Fiqh, Jurisprudence, Council of North America (FCNA) wishes to address the issue of terrorism and how it is viewed in the Islamic legal and ethical system

Islamic law has consistently condemned terrorism and extremism in all forms and under all circumstances, and we reiterate this unequivocal position. Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives.

Islam stands clear on issues of Violence against women: No beating of wives and no abuse of women

This statement is declares that domestic violence has no room in Islam what so ever. First of all, it should be clear that the institution of the family in Islam is based on mutual respect, affection, mercy and love. Any form of physical or emotional abuse is prohibited. A husband is not allowed to physically or emotionally harm his wife, and the wife is not allowed to abuse her husband.

 
A call for dialogue
Published on September 3, 2006, fredericknewspost.com, 
Imam Yahya Hendi


If one were to believe morning news and the pictures of the recent events in the Middle East, one would have to conclude that we are at the dawn of a clash of religions and civilizations....

Jews, Muslims and Peace, Yehezkel Landau and Yahya Hendi, WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES: CURRENT DIALOGUE Issue 41, July 2003

With ongoing violence sapping the spirits of Israelis and Palestinians, and with the Iraq war generating shock waves throughout the Middle East, we call on our fellow Jews and Muslims to join forces with concerned Christians to transcend this cycle of death and destruction. Jews and Muslims should be spiritual allies, not adversaries...

 
 


Official statement from Imam Yahya Hendi
March 22nd, 2006

Imam Yahya Hendi calls for the release of Afghan Christian

I call on the government of Afghanistan to release Abdul Rahman, a man facing the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity. According to my understanding of Islamic law (Shari’ah), belief is a personal matter not subject to the intervention of the state. Shari’ah Law safeguards the right of every human being to choose his/her own faith and tradition. Shari’ah law should not and must not be used by politicians to justify inhumane and cruel treatment of converts and religious minorities living in so-called Muslim Lands.

What the Islamic Shari’ah terms Hadd ul-Riddah must be distinguished from the right to convert out of Islam. Hadd ul-Riddah refers to the original rulings of early Islamic scholars on apostasy, which were similar to rulings concerning treason found in legal  systems worldwide and do not apply to an individual's choice of religion. Islam advocates both freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, a position supported by such verses of the Qur’an, Islam's revealed text, as the following:

1) ‘If it had been the will of your Lord that all the people of the world should be believers, all the people of the earth would have believed! Would you then compel mankind against their will to believe?’ (10:99)

2) “Say, (O Prophet): 'This is the Truth from your Lord. Therefore, whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills, let him disbelieve.'’ (18:29)

3) ‘If they turn away from thee (O Muhammad) they should know that We have not sent you to be their guardian. Yours is only the duty to convey My message.’ (42:48)

4) ‘Indeed, Let there be, absolutely, no compulsion or coercion in religion.’ Qur’an (2:256)

Let it be known by all humanity, both Muslims and non-Muslims  that religious belief should be a matter of personal choice, not a cause for government intervention. Faith imposed by force is not true belief, but rather coercion.

Islam with its divine truth has no need to compel belief. As the Qur’an states: ‘Truth stands out clear from error. Therefore, whoever denies false objects of worship, and believes in God has  grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold in which there is nor break..” Qur’an (2:256)

I urge the government of Afghanistan to order the immediate release of Mr. Abdul Rahman. I also urge my fellow Muslims to consider this issue with wisdom and understanding. Muslims must not allow any one to abuse the humane, compassionate teaching of Islam, nor allow their faith to be misrepresented by those who are ignorant of their faith’s central teachings of mercy, tolerance and justice.


December 26, 2004: Statement regarding the Tsunami Victims
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JEROME NATHANSON: The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people's differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience.

JIMMY CARTER: We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

JOHN F. KENNEDY: If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

JOHN F. KENNEDY: The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.

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1.   World Conference of        Religions for Peace

2.  Global Peace Works

3.   Religions for Peace

4.   Interfaithnews.com

 

Jewish Service, Muslim Speaker, Christian Honorees -- A Tribute to the Legacy of Martin Luther King
by Barbara Birt 
Jan. 18, 2008 -- 


Rabbi Arthur F. Starr began the annual Martin Luther King Day service at the Jewish Synagogue Friday night by calling on everyone to join in singing "Kumbaya" -- a song that popular culture relegates to the likes of a summer-camp bonfire.
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Annual King Day Ceremony at Synagogue to Include Muslim Imam
by Barbara Birt 
Jan. 14, 2008 -- 


A nationally renowned leader in the world of interfaith relations will deliver the keynote speech Friday at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service at the St. Thomas Synagogue, where six teens will be honored....

 
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