Muslim Leaders Sign Resolution Calling to End Sectarian Violence in Iraq

June 16, 2005

The resolution reads:

We, as nationally recognized leaders of the American Muslim community, demand that internationally recognized religious leadership from Al-Azhar University (Cairo), Qum (Iran), the Najaf Marjia (Iraq), and the Organization of Islamic Countries unanimously condemn the disregard for the sanctity of human life in Iraq.

We request that these internationally recognized leaders form a high-level delegation to travel to Iraq in order to isolate leaders instigating the violence, and to work to disengage the warring parties.

We will convene townhall forums on Sunni-Shia relations in major cities across the country.

We will convene townhall forums on college campuses for youth in order to prevent the current sectarian tensions from poisoning future generations."

- Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, past-President of the Islamic Society of North America and the President of the Fiqh Council of North America
- Dr. Riddha Al-Hajjar, Director of Ahlul-Bayt Mosque
- Sayed Baquir Kashmiri, director of the Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (the liason office of Ayatullah Sayyid ali Sistani in North America)
- Sayed Jafar al-Qazwini, University of California, Los Angeles
- Dr. Maher Hathout, Senior Advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council and spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Southern California
- Salam Al-Marayati, Executive Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
- Ashraf Sabrin, President & CEO of Sabrin Group Inc.
- Dr. Fazal Khan, M.D.-J.D. Chicago, IL
- Mujeeb R. Khan, Dept. of Political Science, University of California-Berkeley
Qamar-ul Huda, Religion and Peacemaking, Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace
- Adem Carroll, Board Chair, Muslim Consultative Network
- Hadia Mubarak, Former President of MSA National
- University of Massachusetts at Amherst MSA
- Wellesley College Al-Muslimat

The event was also co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Shura Council of Southern California.

To schedule a townhall forum on Sunni-Shia relations at your mosque, college campus, or community center, please contact MPAC at (213) 383-3443.



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