North American Muslims issue fatwa against terrorism

Americans have ignored previous denunciations of violence
North American Muslim clerics have issued a fatwa against Islamic terrorism, hoping to build on the just-completed Mideast peace talks and a Vatican invitation to meet with Muslim leaders.

The Fiqh Council of North America, an affiliate of the Islamic Society of North America, counts support from some 500 Muslim leaders and organizations for its condemnation of violence, chair Muzammil H. Siddiqi said in announcing the action November 30 in Washington.

“Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is prohibited in Islam—haram—and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not ‘martyrs,”’ the fatwa reads.

The fatwa also says Muslims have a duty to alert law enforcement about any threats to human life and must not cooperate with any group or individual involved in terrorism.


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