regarding the legacy of Pope John Paul II
Muslim organizations around the United States of America and the
world are deeply saddened by the passing of His Holiness Pope.
John Paul II. He was a man whose actions and deeds spoke of a
true peacemaker, a vigorous and energetic man who touched the
hearts of billions transcending race, religion, and country. The
world and Islam in particular, have lost a great friend in Pope
John Paul II.
Holy Father lived his life as an example to world leaders. He
spoke powerfully of love and worked tirelessly for peace. He
built bridges between religious communities and promoted
religious freedom and tolerance. He was a determined advocate of
human rights. He was the hero for many people and will continue
to be a role model for clergy and politicians alike. His passion
for his ministry, compassion for the poor and his respect for
human life made him a beacon of light and a source of hope not
only for Catholics but for all people including Muslims.
politicians and leaders who seek temporary solutions to
transient ideas should study this man's life, mission, and
works. John Paulís message of world freedom and peace is his
legacy to all of us. He will be remembered for centuries as a
humble man who sought a better way for the entire world to live.
absolute love of his Christian values and the teachings of Jesus
shaped his great thinking leading him to become a man of peace,
love and compassion. We shared with his holiness those values as
feel the pain of his loss and mourn his death for many reasons
Muslims shared with him his constant voice for
reconciliation and loud moral call for tolerance and mutual
understanding among people of all faiths.
His Holiness showed a clear concern for ethnic and
religious cleansing in both Bosnian and Kosovo.
He called for a peaceful resolution to the Arab
Pope John Paul II was the first top leader of the
Catholic Church to set his foot inside a mosque.
His apology for the sins committed against Muslims
during the Crusades and the Inquisition opened the door for a
new positive and peaceful relationship between both communities.
He made it possible for Catholics and Muslims to
walk the walk of peace together from now on.
He emphasized the shared values of Catholics and
Muslims not their differences.
Let me end by
stating that though the world will miss him. Pope John Paul II's
message of international peace and interfaith reconciliation is
one that will reverberate for decades to come as his legacy and
gift to all peoples. Hence, we would like to offer our sincere
condolences on the death of Pope John Paul II to members of the
Roman Catholic Church and to all those who seek a more peaceful
May His exemplary
legacy live on eternally,
May his message of
love, peace, and tolerance help guide those in public service.