`Not In The Name Of Islam'

Published: Jul 21, 2005
http://www.tampatrib.com/News/MGBQL33AEBE.html

American Muslims have produced a powerful 30-second video that plainly condemns terrorist attacks. In some parts of the country, it is being run as a public service announcement on TV.

The message, which confirms Islam's intolerance for violence, will be especially useful if it reaches the defiant young radicals who think a suicide attack would make them religious martyrs. They are dead wrong.

Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, producer of the video, says there is no room for argument: ``Any effort by terrorists to hide their criminal activities under the mask of religious piety is being categorically and unequivocally rejected by mainstream Muslims.''

Meanwhile, Britain's largest Sunni Muslim group has condemned the bombings in London on July 7, saying they are based on ``perverted ideology.'' The group's chairman, Mufti Muhammad Gul Rehman Qadri, put it bluntly: ``Anyone who commits suicide will be sent to hell.''

The U.S. video, featuring everyday Muslims defending their religion against terrorists trying to hijack it, can be viewed on the Internet at www.cair-net.org/video/psa.ram. net.org/video/psa.ram.





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