The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) & AIA extend our most profound sympathy for the victims and the families of the victims of the April 9 attacks on a Coptic Christian Church in Tanta and another in Alexandria, Egypt
We join all people of conscience in denouncing these terrorist attacks in Egypt. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of these vicious attacks. As we repeatedly note and teach, Islam holds that the taking of even a single innocent life is equivalent to killing all of humanity. Churches are explicitly named in the Qur’an (22:40) as places where the name of God is extolled and are deserving of protection.
It is especially disappointing that these false adherents of Islam have not only ignored these critical teachings, but did so in direct contravention of the instructions laid down personally by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in his letter to the Monastery of St Catherine in Egypt, in which he noted that anyone who attacked a Christian Church would be Violating Islamic Principles, and would pay a severe penalty on Judgment Day.
With Passover, Easter and Ramadan coming in the next weeks, many billions of people worldwide are preparing for their Religious holiday observances, such wanton acts are a disgrace to all those who perpetrate them, especially when done so falsely in the name of God and religion.
May our commitment and compassion hasten the day when all peoples can live together in understanding, harmony, and peace. All those who oppose such peace and harmony should know that we will never hesitate to oppose such horrific violence, and will always categorically condemn any who feel that violence could in any way solve the problems of today’s world.
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