Joint Statement on the Crisis in Iraq

In the Name of God the most merciful, the most beneficentThe Joint Statement on the Crisis in Iraq By
ISNA & IMAM Organization 

(June 21, 2014)

The Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (I.M.A.M.) and the Islamic Society of North
America (I.S.N.A.) declare the following:
  1. We are all Muslims, who share the same belief in the oneness of Allah, in the same Quran and in the same Prophet, even if the schools of thought are diverse. Such diversity is natural and should not prompt accusations of disbelief, murder, and the desecration of sanctuaries. We reject this divisive narrative and instead choose to focus on our common beliefs.
  2. We condemn, in the strongest terms, the violence, crimes, rape and displacement of innocent people in the Muslim World perpetrated by those claiming to fight in Allah’s cause. Such barbaric actions and strategies of intimidation, abduction, torture and murder contradict the teachings of Islam and the basic norms of humanity.
  3. We value the action and bravery of those who have worked diligently to protect our faith and our communities from destructive sectarian wars.
  4. We urge the governments of Muslim nations to end discriminatory policies, to treat all its citizens equally, to promote unity rather than division, and to utilize the political changes sweeping the Middle East as an opportunity to set their respective nations on a path of peace and prosperity.
  5. Finally, as American Muslims, we call on all leaders, imams and the faithful to work tirelessly for unity and to show Islam’s true peaceful essence and to lead our youth away from the danger of sectarianism, division and conflict. We pray for the victims of these conflicts, of all religious and ethnic backgrounds, and hope they are granted the safety and security to which they are entitled. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HF) said in his last sermon, “O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this house as sacred, so regard the life, sanctity and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust.”