American Muslim Organizations Welcome Gadahn’s Arrest & Condemn His Call for Terrorism
ISNA Condemns Gadahn’s Call for Mass Murder in America
(Plainfield, IN – March 7, 2010) Adam Gadahn, a “spokesman” for Al-Qaeda today called for terrorist attacks on American targets, including “mass transportation systems.” In response, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, ISNA President issued the following statement:
“It is tragic that this American man has been brainwashed by Al-Qaeda to the point that he would consider the mass murder of innocent people to be in any way justified. Al-Qaeda is an organization whose doctrine and methods have been rejected by Muslim scholars across the world, as well as ordinary Muslim people who have suffered in great numbers from their vicious attacks in many countries. Al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization that follows the methodology of nationalist terrorist organizations and Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries, rejecting the teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. It is only by deviating from the limits set by God that Gadahn and his masters could justify killing children, babies, elderly women, the disabled, and other innocent people who would certainly die in an attack on an American mass transit system.”
“American Muslims, some of whom would most certainly also be killed in such an attack, as they were in the attacks of 9/11, reject Al-Qaeda’s attempts to lure our young men and women to their revolutionary fantasies. Islam requires that Muslims, including those who have volunteered to serve in the military, honor the trust that has been placed in them by their neighbors and fellow citizens. The Holy Qur’an says, “O you who believe, be true to your covenants” (5:1) and “Do not let any people’s hatred of you lead you to deviate to injustice” (5:8). Adam Gadahn and his masters have deviated from justice by calling for the indiscriminate murder of vast numbers of people on American soil.”
ISNA calls upon Muslim parents, teachers, leaders and Imams to take time to educate young people and their communities about the danger presented by the deviant teachings of Al-Qaeda.
SEE ALSO: Adam Gadahn Praises Nidal Hasan, Calls for More Lone Wolf Attacks http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/4020.htm
CAIR Welcomes Arrest of American Al-Qaeda Spokesman
Muslim civil rights group repudiates Adam Gadahn’s call to violence
WASHINGTON, March 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/—A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group today welcomed reports from Pakistan that American Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn has been arrested.
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The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also repudiated Gadahn’s latest call to violence contained in an Al-Qaeda video released Sunday.
SEE: Al-Qaida Spokesman Captured (AP)
In a statement, CAIR said:
“We welcome the reported arrest of Adam Gadahn and repeat the American Muslim community’s repudiation of all those who would promote or condone terrorism anywhere in the world.”
Along with innumerable condemnations of terror, CAIR has in the past launched an online anti-terror petition drive called “Not in the Name of Islam,” initiated a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign against religious extremism and coordinated a “fatwa,” or Islamic religious ruling, against terrorism and extremism.
SEE: CAIR’s Anti-Terrorism Campaigns
MPAC WELCOMES ARREST OF KEY AL-QAEDA OPERATIVE
(Washington, DC - 3/7/10)—The Muslim Public Affairs Council today welcomed the arrest of American born Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn. Gadahn was arrested by Pakistani security forces in Karachi yesterday, according to media reports.
SEE: “Pakistan Arrests American-Born Al Qaeda Member” (Associated Press) http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-fg-al-qaeda-arrest8-2010mar08,0,2316889.story
“Gadahn’s arrest is an important blow to Al-Qaeda’s recruiting efforts in the West,” said Executive Director Salam al-Marayati, citing the most recent video featuring Gadahn also posted online today. “MPAC and Western Muslim communities at large continue to reject al-Qaeda’s bankrupt extremist ideology and terrorist violence in all its forms. We are redoubling our efforts to work together with all Americans to remain vigilant against all threats.”
SEE: MPAC Rejects Al-Qaeda’s Latest Message, Calls on U.S. for United Stance Against Terror http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=1054
MPAC also continues to advocate for greater engagement between law enforcement and communities to fight violent extremism and safeguard civil liberties.
California Muslim leaders react positively to Gadahn’s arrest http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/03/reactions-from-local-muslims-to-arrest-of-al-qaeda-agent-adam-gadahn.html
Although there are thousands of articles about Gadahn having been apprehended in Pakistan - CBS is just reporting that it was someone else arrested in Pakistan, not Adam Gadahn http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/07/world/main6275953.shtml?tag=stack
Dawn is also reporting that it was not Gadahn arrested http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/22-intelligence-agencies-arrested-al-qaeda-commander-abu-yahya-in-karachi-03-aj