Date: December 13, 2016
For Immediate Release
ISCC and MAT Strongly Condemn Attacks on Places of Worships in Egypt and Pakistan
(Calgary) The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC) and the Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT) strongly condemn the recent attacks on a Coptic Church in Egypt and a Ahmadi (Qadyani) place of worship in Pakistan. These were un-Islamic violent and criminal acts which are condemned by the overwhelming majority of Muslims. These attacks were completely against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). We express our deep sympathies with the victims and their families. We are saddened by these violent acts.
In Islam respecting and protecting the lives and the properties of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim countries is an obligation on all Muslims. Even at the time of war Muslim army is required not to attack the places of worship of any religion. How a Muslim can attack non-Muslim places of worship? However, the fanatics and extremist are not only targeting non-Muslim places of worships but they are also attacking Muslim mosques and holy sites in Muslim countries. Taliban, Daesh (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations have killed thousands of Muslims and destroyed hundreds of mosques and Islamic shrines in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Mali, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Just a few months ago the extremists attacked one of the holiest sites of Islam in Madinah City where Prophet’s (peace be upon him) mosque and the holy shrine of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are located.
ISCC and MAT urges the media, Christians and the followers of Ahmadiyya religion not to call any Muslim who grows long beard and wears a turban a person of Muslim clergy unless verified thoroughly. They are not necessarily clergy of Islam.
For any questions, please contact Imam Soharwardy at 1-416-994-5467. Thanks