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|09/17/01 at 20:52:21|
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH MUSLIM LEADERS IN DC MOSQUE
(WASHINGTON-DC, 9/17/2001) - President Bush today met with American
Muslim leaders in a first-of-its-kind event that included a news conference in the prayer area of the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Topics discussed at the hour-long meeting ranged from the current cycle of violence in the Middle East and the need for American Muslim input on government policy, to ways in which terrorism can be eliminated worldwide.
"We thank the president for taking the initiative to reach out to the
American Muslim community during this time of national crisis. His
supportive remarks will help set a tone of tolerance and inclusion for our society," said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, who attended today's meeting.
Other meeting participants included the Muslim chaplain of Georgetown
University and representatives from the American Muslim Alliance,
Muslim Public Affairs Council, Islamic Institute, and the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohamed.
At the news conference following the meeting, President Bush said:
"Like the good folks standing with me, the American people were
appalled and outraged at last Tuesday's attacks, and so were Muslims all across the world, both Americans, our Muslim friends and citizens, tax-paying citizens, and Muslims in nations were just appalled, could not believe what we saw on our TV screens. These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith, and it's important for my fellow Americans to understand that. The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran itself.
'In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do
evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to
"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what
Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war.
"When we think of Islam, we think of a faith that brings comfort to a
billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and
solace and peace, and that's made brothers and sisters out of every race -- out of every race. America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country.
Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads, and they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.
"Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable
going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must not be intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value."
There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2
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|Re: Bush's statement|
|09/17/01 at 21:01:56|
I was going to post that, but you beat me to it. :) That's really interesting that he quoted from the Quran and said the translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic.
|Re: Bush's statement|
|09/18/01 at 23:49:21|
|Bush Visits Mosque, Urges Respect for Muslims|
September 17, 2001
By Arshad Mohammed
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush visited a mosque on Monday to urge
that Muslim Americans be treated with respect after last week's attacks,
saying, "The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam."
Slipping off his shoes to respect Islamic custom, Bush sought to quell a
surge of anti-Muslim incidents following Tuesday's attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon, which left more than 5,000 missing or dead.
"These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets
of the Islamic faith and it's important for my fellow Americans to
understand that," Bush said at the Islamic Center of Washington, a mosque
in the U.S. capital.
The visit was part of a broad government effort to crack down on what the
FBI said were dozens of "retaliatory hate crimes" aimed at Arab Americans,
including assaults, threats, arson and two possibly ethnically motivated
FBI Director Robert Mueller said the government had opened 40 hate crime
investigations in six days since the plane attacks "Vigilante attacks and
threats against Arab-Americans will not be tolerated," he said.
Separately, the U.S. commission on Civil Rights ordered its national
telephone complaint hotline to solicit and catalog complaints of
discrimination from Muslims and Arabs and to hold forums on tolerance
across the country.
KILLING OF SIKH, PAKISTANI
Standing with Muslim American leaders in the Washington Mosque, which has
elaborate azure and turquoise tiles and stained glass windows, Bush said:
"In our anger and emotion our fellow Americans must treat each other with
Saying there are millions of U.S. Muslims who make "an incredibly valuable
contribution to our country," Bush added, "The face of terror is not the
true faith of Islam."
U.S. officials have said Islamic militant Osama bin Laden, a Saudi
Arabian-born multimillionaire believed to be based in Afghanistan under
the protection of the radical Islamic Taliban government, is their prime
suspect in Tuesday's attacks.
Police are investigating whether the killings of a Pakistani grocer in
Texas and a Sikh gas station attendant in Arizona may have been hate
crimes triggered by the attacks. Officials believe Sikhs, who wear turbans
and beards, may be mistaken for bin Laden supporters and targeted for
FEAR OF HARASSMENT
The president said he had heard reports that some Muslim American women
who veil themselves have been afraid to go out since the attacks, fearing
they would suffer harassment.
"Some don't want to go shopping for their families; some don't want to go
about their ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're
afraid they'll be intimidated," he said. "That should not and that will
not stand in America."
"Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going
outside their homes," he added.
"Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out
their anger don't represent the best of America, they represent the worst
of humankind and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior," he
Respecting Muslim custom, Bush, his White House aides and Secret Service
agents removed their shoes before stepping on the elaborate carpets in the
mosque, which sits in a leafy Washington neighborhood surrounded by
At one point, the president quoted a translated verse from the Koran,
saying, "In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who
Yusuf Saleem of the Muslim American Society thanked Bush and said American
Muslims were horrified by last week's attacks.
"We are also shocked and dismayed by the events, and dismayed especially
that it should be associated with a religion that has only peace as its
ultimate aim," Saleem said, adding, "We are a part of the fabric of
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