The US Council of Muslim Organizations deplores the murder of James Foley and denounces ISIS
(WASHINGTON DC 08/20/2014) -- The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations, condemns the murder of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. We offer our deepest condolences to James' family and pray they will find comfort and solace during this difficult time.
The USCMO roundly condemns this group and rejects its ideology and actions. The terror organization, which is also known by the acronym ISIS, does not speak or act on behalf of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims. In fact, they have killed so many Muslims indiscriminately. Their actions are reprehensible, inhumane and completely contravene all aspects and tenets of Islam.
"We are heartbroken by the brutal death of Mr. Foley," said Oussama Jammal, USCMO secretary general. "It states in the Qur'an that the taking of one life is the equivalent of killing of all humankind and the saving of one life is equivalent to the saving of all humankind. Islam abhors and rejects the murder, mayhem and terror being spread by this group of criminal individuals."
The USCMO also warns the public to avoid spreading Islamophobia by using the actions of ISIS to characterize and demonize all Muslims, globally and here in the United States. We agree with the words of James' mother, Diane, who told the media that, "Jim's death can bring our country together in a stronger way in the values that Jim held dear. He never wanted us to hate or be bitter."
Finally, USCMO calls upon our government to increase its efforts to gain the release of another US journalist, Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped near the Syrian-Turkish border in August 2013.
USCMO celebrates its formation with a jubilant inauguration - June 10, 2014
The US Council of Muslim Organizations held its inaugural banquet at the Hilton Hotel Crystal City, VA on June 10, 2014. The event was attended by a large crowd of community leaders, imams, civic and interfaith partners, dignitaries, elected and government officials. Among the guests were Congressman Kieth Ellison (Minnesota), Congressman Andre Carson (Indiana), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ambassador Rich Schmierer, and Judge Hassan El-Amin (MD).
USCMO condemns Boko Haram and girls' kidnapping
(WASHINGTON DC 05/07/2014) -- The US Council of Muslim Organizations, a coalition of several leading national and local Muslim organizations, strongly denounces Boko Haram and its kidnapping of at least 200 girls in Nigeria. We call for the girls' immediate release and safe return to their families.
Boko Haram does not represent Islam and their actions completely violate Islamic teachings and principles. The USCMO joins hands with others who have openly condemned these actions. Slavery, oppression and injustice are prohibited in Islam and Boko Haram threats to sell these girls into slavery are reprehensible.
"The actions of Boko Haram show its members to be very ignorant of Islam and its teachings," said Oussama Jammal, USCMO secretary-general. "No one in their right mind would condone these actions, especially Muslims, as they violate everything we hold sacred."
USCMO calls for the immediate and safe return of these girls to their families and commends President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for intervening for these girls' well being.
Announcing the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/12/14) – Eight* major national American Muslim organizations held a news conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to announce the formation of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), an umbrella group that will serve as a representative voice for Muslims as that faith community seeks to enhance its positive impact on society.
The new national council's first priority will be to build on Muslim citizenship rights by conducting a census of American Muslims to create a database that will be used to enhance civic and political participation in upcoming elections. Other priorities were also considered by the new Council to empower the American Muslim community, amplify its voice, and unify its efforts.
* The founding members of the US Council of Muslim Organizations are:
Muslim American Society (MAS), Islamic Circle of North American (ICNA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed), American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), and Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA).
Other organizations immediately joined the US Council include:
American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and The Mosque Foundation (Chicago)
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