Mourning the loss of our Ambassador and Diplomatic Envoys in Libya–Never Forget Chris Stevens

Posted on September 12, 2012

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This article will be updated until those responsible for the murder of our envoys are brought to justice. Last updated on September 16/2012.

Ambassador Chris Stevens 1960-2012[/caption]Today is indeed a sad day.  A few Muslim terrorists violated one of the most sacred tenets of Islam, i.e. that of not harming diplomatic envoys or emissaries (as depicted by the example of the Prophet’s  (s) own treatment of the Quraish emissary at Hudaybiyah)., and opportunistically killed our diplomat and envoys to Libya.  This is especially sad given the degree of support this diplomat had given to the freedom fighters as they sought to free themselves from the tyrant Gaddafi  We deplore and are saddened by the death of these 4 diplomats and pray that their murderers are captured and brought to justice, Insha Allah.  May our four diplomatic envoys rest in peace.

Libyans in Atlanta honor victims of embassy attack

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) –

Members of the Libyan American Association of Georgia held a candlelight vigil Saturday night in downtown Atlanta in honor of Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty as well as computer expert Sean Smith.

“Chris Stevens was very loved, he was one of us. A lot of people are very upset that we lost someone so special and dear to us because he was really the one that was promoting and really encouraging the U.S. government to get more involved in Libya,” said Nadia Mahmoud, a member of the Libyan American Association of Georgia.

“We are really sorry and embarrassed for what happened to him and the other Americans who lost their lives in Libya,” said Juma Khamis, the executive director of the Libyan American Association of Georgia.

Members of the group say they are troubled by the increasingly violent anti-American demonstrations that are popping up around the world.

“In the last few years there have been a very good advance and step forward between the Muslim world and the United States and those people are trying to stop this from going forward,” said Khamis. Please click here to read the remainder of the article.

Rest in peace, Christopher Stevens. We will bring those criminals to justice.

Sept 13, 2012: Demonstrators on Wednesday gathered in Libya to condemn the killers and voice support for the victims in the attack on the U.S. Consulate and a safe house that was stormed by terrorists.

R.I.P Stevens

Thugs and killers don to represent Benghazi or Islam

Sorry, America.

Not the behavior of our Islam and Prophet (s)

ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) condemns attack on US missions in Libya & Egypt

—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—

JAMAICA, New York (September 12, 2012) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) issued a press release today condemning the attacks on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, which came after the preview for an anti-Islamic film by an American filmmaker surfaced online.

“ICNA strongly condemns the violent attacks on American embassies in Egypt and Libya. Nothing is worth the cost of a human life, and we firmly believe that there is no honor or faith in committing such violence.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the other three American personnel at this tragic time. Today we lost a diplomat and friend to the people of Libya; we commend him and U.S. envoys in Libya and elsewhere for their dedication to peace.

We are disturbed that the perpetrators of these attacks are claiming to defend the Prophet Muhammad’s honor. The Prophet was a man of peace and mercy; to engage in such violence and senseless killing is to truly defile his legacy. We implore Muslims in the region and around the world to remember the Prophet’s teachings and honor his life by following his example of kindness and love in the face of hostility.

We appeal to Muslims in the Arab region and elsewhere to ignore cheap attempts for publicity by hateful bigots. By engaging in violence Muslims are not only harming innocent lives but also falling in the trap set up by bigots.

We also appeal to the larger American public to be wary of such attempts by individuals and groups, who in most cases have foreign ties, engaging in such hateful projects that not only endanger American and others’ lives overseas, but also incite hate attacks against minorities in America as well.”

The Islamic Circle of North America is a leading American Muslim organization dedicated to the betterment of society through the application of Islamic values. Since 1968, ICNA has worked to build relations between communities by devoting itself to education, outreach, social services and relief efforts.

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Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) President condemns killing of US Ambassador and staff

“The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) unequivocally condemns the killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, and his staff, and condemns the attack on the US Embassy in Cairo. Reports indicate that those who killed them did so as a reaction to a video depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a profane manner.  Although we believe that this video is hateful and bigoted, this could never be an excuse to commit any acts of violence whatsoever.  The Prophet (peace be upon him) is loved and respected by hundreds of millions of people across the world, and no one can take this from our hearts.  No one should fall into the trap of those who wish to incite anger.  The Prophet (peace be upon him) should be our example in everything we do, and even though he was attacked and insulted many times throughout his life, he always reacted with compassion and forgiveness, never with revenge or violence.

CAIR condemns Disgraceful Killings of American Diplomats

CAIR Condemns ‘Disgraceful’ Killings of American Diplomats
Posted 9/12/2012 6:03:00 PM
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/12/12) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the “disgraceful” killings of American diplomats in Libya and said that extremists must not be allowed to control the political and religious discourse worldwide.CAIR, a Washington-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, made that statement at a noon news conference today on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at which representatives of CAIR and other Muslim organizations* condemned both the killings of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats in that nation and the attack on the American embassy in Egypt.Video: U.S. Muslim Leaders Condemn Killings of American Diplomats (NBC)
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 Detroit Muslim, Arab Leaders Condemn Attack in Libya[*NOTE: Other organizations represented at the news conference included the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim American Society – Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS-PACE), the Council of Muslim Organizations of the Greater Washington, D.C., Area (CMO), the Libyan Emergency Task Force, and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.]In his prepared statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We condemn the disgraceful killings of the American diplomats in Libya in the strongest terms possible. We also condemn the attack on our nation’s diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. The actions of the attackers are totally inexcusable and un-Islamic.

We agree with Secretary Clinton, who said that ‘violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith.’ The extremists who carried out these attacks deserve punishment, and the extremists who produced and promoted an intentionally inflammatory film deserve condemnation.

“Islamic traditions include a number of instances in which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had the opportunity to retaliate against those who abused him, but refrained from doing so.

One tradition, or hadith, states: ‘You [Muhammad] do not do evil to those who do evil to you, but you deal with them with forgiveness and kindness.’ (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

“Muslims are also taught the tradition of the woman who would regularly throw trash on the prophet as he walked down a particular path. The prophet never responded in kind to the woman’s abuse. Instead, when she one day failed to attack him, he went to her home to inquire about her condition.

“In another tradition, the prophet was offered the opportunity to have God punish the people of a town near Mecca who refused the message of Islam and attacked him with stones. Again, the prophet did not choose to respond in kind to the abuse.

“We must not let extremists control the political or religious discourse. That means that people of all beliefs should repudiate those who would commit acts of violence in response to intentional provocations and repudiate those whose only goal is offending religious sentiments.”

CAIR yesterday called on Muslims in the Middle East to ignore the distribution of the “trashy” anti-Islam film, clips of which are circulating online, that resulted in the attacks in Libya and Egypt.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Muslim Detroit Muslims, Arab Leaders Condemn Attack in Libya

Nihaj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press

Arab-American and Muslim leaders in metro Detroit condemned the attacks on U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya that resulted in the death of a U.S. ambassador and three staffers.

“There is no justification for such wanton violence that led to the deaths of innocent Americans in Libya,” said Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The attacks on the embassies may have been prompted by an anti-Islam film produced by an Israeli filmmaker based in California who says he financed the movie with 100 Jewish donors, according to the Associated Press. The filmmaker told the Associated Press that “Islam is a cancer, period.”

The movie negatively depicts Islam’s prophet, Mohammed; Muslims believe that any artistic depiction of Mohammed is wrong.

Regardless, Muslims should not react violently when Mohammed is attacked, Walid said. They should “return insults with righteousness, not with criminality,” said Walid, who often lectures about Islam across Michigan.

Islam’s holy book, the Quran, says that killing one innocent person is “like killing all of humankind,” Walid added.

Imad Hamad, regional director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, also condemned the violence.

“Any act of violence towards a civilian or diplomat should not be tolerated, condoned or justified under any circumstance,” said Hamad.
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The movie negatively depicts Islam’s prophet, Mohammed; Muslims believe that any artistic depiction of Mohammed is wrong.

Libyans in Atlanta honor victims of embassy attack

ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) –

Members of the Libyan American Association of Georgia held a candlelight vigil Saturday night in downtown Atlanta in honor of Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty as well as computer expert Sean Smith.

“Chris Stevens was very loved, he was one of us. A lot of people are very upset that we lost someone so special and dear to us because he was really the one that was promoting and really encouraging the U.S. government to get more involved in Libya,” said Nadia Mahmoud, a member of the Libyan American Association of Georgia.

“We are really sorry and embarrassed for what happened to him and the other Americans who lost their lives in Libya,” said Juma Khamis, the executive director of the Libyan American Association of Georgia.

Members of the group say they are troubled by the increasingly violent anti-American demonstrations that are popping up around the world.

“In the last few years there have been a very good advance and step forward between the Muslim world and the United States and those people are trying to stop this from going forward,” said Khamis. Please click here to read the remainder of the article.

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