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Statement Of Muslim American Imams And Community Leaders On Holocaust Denial

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"Selection" on the Judenrampe, Auschwitz, May/June 1944. To be sent to the right meant slave labor; to the left, the gas chambers.

“O you who believe, stand up firmly for justice as witnesses to Almighty God.” (Holy Qu’ran, al-Nisa “The Women” 4:135)

On August 7-11, 2010, we the undersigned Muslim American faith and community leaders visited Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps where we witnessed firsthand the historical injustice of the Holocaust.

We met survivors who, several decades later, vividly and bravely shared their horrific experience of discrimination, suffering, and loss. We saw the many chilling places where men, women and children were systematically and brutally murdered by the millions because of their faith, race, disability and political affiliation.

In Islam, the destruction of one innocent life is like the destruction of the whole of humanity and the saving of one life is like the saving of the whole of humanity (Holy Qu’ran, al-Ma’idah”the Tablespread” 5:32). While entire communities perished by the many millions, we know that righteous Muslims from Bosnia, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, and Albania saved many Jews from brutal repression, torture and senseless destruction.

We bear witness to the absolute horror and tragedy of the Holocaust where over twelve million human souls perished, including six million Jews.

We condemn any attempts to deny this historical reality and declare such denials or any justification of this tragedy as against the Islamic code of ethics.

We condemn anti-Semitism in any form. No creation of Almighty God should face discrimination based on his or her faith or religious conviction.

We stand united as Muslim American faith and community leaders and recognize that we have a shared responsibility to continue to work together with leaders of all faiths and their communities to fight the dehumanization of all peoples based on their religion, race or ethnicity. With the disturbing rise of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred, rhetoric and bigotry, now more than ever, people of faith must stand together for truth.

Together, we pledge to make real the commitment of “never again” and to stand united against injustice wherever it may be found in the world today.

  • Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, Islamic Society of Orange County, CA and chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America
  • Imam Mihamad Magid, All-Dulles-Area Muslim Society; President Elect, Islamic Society of North America, Washington, D.C.
  • Imam Suhaib Webb, Muslim Community Association, Santa Clara, CA
  • Ms. Laila Muhammad, daughter of the late Imam W.D. Muhammad of Chicago, IL
  • Shaikh Yasir Qadhi, Dean of Academics for the Al Maghrib Institute, New Haven, CT
  • Imam Syed Naqvi, Director of the Islamic Information Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Imam Abdullah T. Antepli, Muslim Chaplain, Duke University
  • Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Director, Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America

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2 Comments »

  1. Great post! :)

  2. THANK YOU

    Thank you for showing that there are Islam people who follow the Prophet’s words of peace. It helps to show that people like you exist to prove to those who only believe the words and actions of extremists and opponents of your religion that your beliefs can be of peace and acceptance.

    I am not an islamic follower, but I support anyone who raises above their stereotypes and show that their religion can be of knowledge and peace rather than ignorance and violence.

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