• Oklahoma Muslims Condemn Terrorism And Support Humanitarian Action – locally and internationally

    (Tulsa 11-16-15) The Islamic Council of Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s statewide council of mosques, Islamic schools and organizations, condemns ISIS’ terrorism and hopes for a way forward that ensures justice for the perpetrators and the victims and embodies compassion for the most vulnerable.

    The recent attacks on Paris, Beirut, Turkey and beyond are horrific and heart-breaking, nerve-wracking and reprehensible. They are the nightmares from which every peace-loving citizen of the world wants to be protected. The victims don’t need to be our family members or friends to warrant our heartfelt sympathy and hopes for recovery.

    Muslim organizations at every level on every continent have condemned these acts. There is no religious justification for them and Muslims have chapters of advice condemning them.

    Law-abiding Muslims feel just as threatened by these terrorists as their neighbors of other faiths. ISIS targets Muslims more often than others. Their actions have created refugees by the million.

    “We may live with the aftermath of the Syrian conflict for generations,” Jan Egeland, [a former U.N. humanitarian chief and current] head of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The conflict has killed some 200,000 people, created more than 3.9 million refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and displaced 7.6 million people within Syria…” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/syria-war-children_n_6854612.html

    When asked to respond to reports that governors are writing letters to President Obama to prevent refugees from coming to their states, ICO Chair Sheryl Siddiqui said:

    “We should not let fear stop us from doing the right thing- stepping up in the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation. As people of faith, helping the homeless, the destitute and refugees are acts of faith and worship. Many traditions call it the Golden Rule.”

    “We know that many Middle Eastern and European countries have taken in huge numbers of refugees, well-beyond what their resources can bear. It is time for the U.S. to do its due diligence in screening refugees and for us to then take our turn.”


    ICO member organizations add their voices to the statement below:


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