Fiqh Council of North America

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The Fiqh Council of North America wishes to reaffirm Islam’s absolute condemnation of terrorism and religious extremism.

Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram Җ or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs.Ӕ

The Quran, IslamҒs revealed text, states: “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (QurŒan, 5:32)

Prophet Muhammad said there is no excuse for committing unjust acts: “Do not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well, and that if they do wrong you will do wrong to them. Instead, accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong (even) if they do evil.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

God mandates moderation in faith and in all aspects of life when He states in the Quran: ғWe made you to be a community of the middle way, so that (with the example of your lives) you might bear witness to the truth before all mankind. (QurԒan, 2:143)

In another verse, God explains our duties as human beings when he says: Let there arise from among you a band of people who invite to righteousness, and enjoin good and forbid evil.Ӕ (Quran, 3:104)

Islam teaches us to act in a caring manner to all of God’s creation. The Prophet Muhammad, who is described in the QurҒan as a mercy to the worldsӔ said: All creation is the family of God, and the person most beloved by God (is the one) who is kind and caring toward His family.”

In the light of the teachings of the QurӒan and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state:

1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.
2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all civilians.

We issue this fatwa following the guidance of our scripture, the Quran, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad Җ peace be upon him. We urge all people to resolve all conflicts in just and peaceful manners.

We pray for the defeat of extremism and terrorism. We pray for the safety and security of our country, the United States, and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of our planet. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in the United States and all around the globe. 



1. Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
2. Dr. Abdul Hakim Jackson
3. Dr. Ahmad Shleibak
4. Dr. Akbar Muhammad
5. Dr. Deina Abdulkadir
6. Shaikh Hassan Qazwini
7. Dr. Ihsan Bagby
8. Dr. Jamal Badawi
9. Dr. Muhammad Adam Sheikh
10. Shaikh Muhammad Al-Hanooti
11. Shaikh Muhammad Nur Abdallah
12. Dr. Salah Soltan
13. Dr. Taha Jabir Alalwani
14. Shaikh Yahya Hindi
15. Shaikhah Zainab Alwani
16. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah
17. Dr. Mukhtar Maghraoui
18. Dr. Nazih Hammad

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145 Muslim organizations, mosques and imams have endorsed the preceding fatwa as of July 28, 2005 (see below). More signatory organizations are to be added in the following days. To add your American Muslim organization to the list, please email your name, title, and affiliation to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Muslim American Society (MAS)

Muslim Student Association of the US & Canada (MSA)

Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations

American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin

American Muslim Alliance

Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations

Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America

Islamic Networks Group & Affiliates

Muslim Public Affairs Council

Muslim Student Association of the US & Canada

USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, Inc & The Islamic Center for Halal Certification

Islamic Center of America

Islamic Sharia Advisory Institute of North America

Islamic Resource Group

Islamic Schools League of America

Kashmiri American Council

Minaret of Freedom Institute

Project Islamic HOPE

United Muslims of America

Muslim Ummah of North America

Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

Islamic Center of Northeast Florida

Islamic Center of South Florida

Islamic Foundation of South Florida

Islamic Movement of Florida

Islamic Society of Central Florida

Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Islamic Center of New England

Islamic Center of Maryland

Islamic Society of Washington Area

Muslim Federation of New Jersey

Islamic Council of Ohio

Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio

Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee

Islamic Association of West Virginia

Islamic Center of Little Rock

Greenway Islamic Center

Afghan Cultural Center

Al Nur Islamic Center

American Muslim Voice

Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center

Dar As-Salaam, Islamic Society of San Francisco

Elmhurst Islamic Center

Hidaya Foundation

Indian Muslim Relief & Charities

Islamic Center Of Fremont

Islamic Center of Pleasanton/Dublin

Islamic Center Of Reseda

Islamic Education Center

Islamic Learning and Practicing

Islamic Society of Orange County

Long Beach Islamic Center

Masjid Al-Rasul

Masjid Al-Taqwa

Muslim Community Association of the Peninsula

Muslim Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area

Muslim Community Center of San Francisco

Muslim Community Services, Inc.

South Bay Islamic Association

South Valley Islamic Center

Yaseen Foundation and the Muslim Community Center

Masjid Al-Kauthar

Assadiq Islamic Educational Foundation

Bay County Islamic Society Inc

Islamic Center of Boca Raton

Islamic Center of Tampa

Islamic Jaffaria Association

Islamic Society of Pinellas County

Masjid Al-Ansar

Masjid Al-Faizal

Masjid Al-Hijrah

Masjid Al-Ihsan

Masjid Al-Nahl

Masjid An-Noor

Masjid Jama Al Mumineen

Masjid Miami

Masjid Muttaqeen

Masjid Sahmsuddin

Miami Gardens Masjid

Muslim Community of Palm Beach County

Nur Ul Islam

Palm Beach Mosque

Dalton Islamic Center

Islamic Center of Marietta

Masjid Al Muminun

Islamic Center of Des Moines

Masjid Dar-ul-Argum

Belleville Mosque and Islamic Education Center

Masjid Centralia

The Mosque Foundation

The Muslim Community Center

Islamic Society of Michiana

Islamic Center of Somerset

Islamic Association of Greater Shreveport

Masjid Abu Bakr Al Siddique

Islamic Society of Boston

Howard County Muslim Council

Islamic Society of Annapolis

Islamic Society of Baltimore

Mecca Learning Center

Muslim Community Center

Islamic House of Wisdom

Kalamazoo Islamic Center

Al-Mu’minun Islamic Center

Daar-ul-Islam Masjid

Islamic Center of Cape Girardeau

Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City

Masjid Al Heyder

Masjid Mohammed

Islamic Association of Cary

Islamic Association of Raleigh

Islamic Center of Raleigh

American Islamic Academy

Islamic Center Passaic County

Islamic Center Old Bridge

Islamic Educational Center North Hudson

Islamic Society Essex County

Muslim Center of Middlesex County

Siddiquia Jamia Masjid

Umar Mosque

Islamic Center of New Mexico

First Cleveland Mosque

Islamic Center of Cleveland

Islamic Society of Greater Columbus

Masjid Saad Foundation

Uqbah Mosque Foundation

Islamic Center of Portland, Masjid As-Saber

Foundation for Islamic Education

Muslim Community of Knoxville

Muslim Community of North East Tennessee

Masjid Al-Noor

Islamic Society of Greater Houston

Muslim Children Education & Civic Center

Islamic Society of Salt Lake City

All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)


Islamic Center of Virginia

Masjid Darul Huda

Muslim Association of Virginia

Mustafa Center

Islamic Center of Blacksburg VA

Rashid Lamptey

Rizwan Jaka

Islam Mossaad

Didmar Faja

Rashid Ahmed

Souleiman Ghani

Riaz Ahmad

Mubashir Ahmed

Ali Shakoor

Ahmad Sakr

Misbah Eldereiny

Muzammil Siddiqi

/Shakeel Syed

Ismail Majoo

Tarek Mohamed

Mujahid Abdul-Karim

Abdul Karim Salih

M. Rezar Rahman

Tahir Anwar

Ilyas Anwar

Ziyad Dahbour

Rudolph Ali

Sayed Mohammad Jawad Qazwini

Hashem Mubrak

Jalal Khan

Zaid Malik

Hassan Sabri

Ziad Taha

Rashid Ahmad

Mohamed Banglori

Moneer Khan

Ziah Sheikh

Mohammed al Masri

Haitham Barazangi

Muhammad Sultan

Nasir Ahmed

Roshan Ali

Kamruz Hosein

Tarik Chebbi

Rashad Mujahid

Mohamed Zakaria Badat

Khalil Hussain

Hamid Samra

Usman Rahaman

Foad Farahi

Abdul Hamid Samra

Murtaza Kakli

Roshan Ali

Osman Chowdhury

Hammad El-Ameen

Amjad Taufique

Furqan Muhammad

Ibrahim Dremali

Abdul W. Kazi

Zahir Ansari

Abdul Malik Mujahid

Kifah Mustapha

Elkheir Elkheir

Mohammed Sirajuddin

Husein Turki

Sayed Jumaa Salam

Abdur Rahman Bashir

Talal Eid

Shaykh Besyouni

Anwer Hasan

Amin Ezzeddine

Mohammad Arrafa

Abid Husain

Faizul Khan

Azad Ejaz

Habib Diab Ghanim

Hasan Al-Qazwini

Mohammad Ali Elahi

Tariq Jameel

Samuel Ansari

Muhammad Nur Abdallah

Shafiq Malik

Shahir Safi

Hafiz Inayadullah

Said Mohammed

Maha El-Genaidi

Salam Al-Marayti

Mohamed Sheibani

Shakil Ahmed

Mohammed Bainonie

Shaykh Al-Tayyab

Mohammad Qatanani

Alvi Fakhruddin

Mohamed Alhayek

Ismail Elshikh

Abubakr Nadwi

Saif Ul-Nabi

Tariq Khawaja

Nimer Judeh

Isam Rajab

Abu Nuruzzaman

Abbas Ahmad

Zahid Siddiqi

Fawaz Damra

Sohail Khan

Siraj Haji

M. N. Tarazi

Ziad Abu Hummos

Ramez Islambouli

Samir Horani

Sheikh Mustafa Ahmad

Mohammad Islam

Taneem Aziz

Danish Siddiqui

Abdul Wahid

Ali Mohammed

Mohamed Magid

Mohammed M. Safa

Shaheed Coovadia

Abdul Hameed

Rafi Uddin Ahmed

Mohammad Zia

Mohamad Jamal Daoudi

Syed Samee

Agha Saeed

Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini

Anwar N Haddam

Zafar Siddiqui

Karen Keyworth

Ghulam Nabi Fai

Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad

Najee Ali