Islamic advocacy group says ‘Al-Qaida does not speak for Islam’

Islamic advocacy group says ‘Al-Qaida does not speak for Islam’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/11/06) - On Monday, September 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold a news conference in Washington, D.C., to challenge the worldview put forward in a videotape issued by Al-Qaida on the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

In the video, Al-Qaida’s second in command Ayman al-Zawahri threatened more terror attacks in the Middle East and urged Muslims to attack Western targets.

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Al-Qaida does not speak for Islam or for the vast majority of Muslims worldwide who want to live in peace with their neighbors, practice their faith in freedom and raise their children in societies based on justice and mutual respect,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “For the last five years, Al-Qaida has offered nothing but a future filled with endless violence and division.”

CAIR has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.