2002 News Story

Muslim groups reiterate condemnation of terrorism

Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) in Makkah, Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, has renewed the MWL's condemnation of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11 last year, and called for greater cooperation in combating terrorism. He said the motivations and reasons for terrorism must be eradicated, and stressed that terrorism is an abhorrent phenomenon that is not confined to any particular religion, culture, country or geographical zone. Muslims everywhere, he said, condemn all terrorist acts and all hostile behavior whether by individuals, gangs, groups or countries, pointing out that violence against human beings, attacking and killing them unjustly, is expressly forbidden in Islam. Powers hostile to Islam have exploited the attacks on the United States in order to distort its image by linking it to extremism, violence and terrorism.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Center in Washington DC held a ceremony yesterday to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States and to affirm that Islam rejects violence and terrorism. Participants stressed the moderation and tolerance of Islam, and renewed their solidarity and sympathy with the American people and with the families of the victims, describing the attacks as "horrific and unacceptable under any circumstances".