On Fort Dix Incident
Presidency of the Albanian Muslim Community in the U.S
May 9, 2007
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The Presidency of the Albanian Muslim Community in the United States and Canada
On behalf of the Presidency of the Albanian Muslim Community in the United States and Canada, and the 14 mosques it represents, we were shocked and appalled to receive the news of the possible terror act on Fort Dix Military Base in New Jersey. We strongly condemn violence and terrorist activities perpetrated in the name of Islam.
Terrorism in any form has no religion, nationality or justification. Islam teaches us that human life is sacred; and we condemn all acts of terrorism. It is forbidden for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives of all humans. In this regard, Islam is a religion of peace and justice, and the Albanian community condemns terror and terrorists wherever they are and whoever they are.
Further, this alleged heinous act evokes an acute sense of grief for the Albanian people. During the war in Kosova, Fort Dix Military Base in New Jersey was a shelter for the Albanian victims of the Serbian regime. The Albanian Muslim Community of America and Canada cooperated fully with US institutions to help Albanian refugees from Kosova. The people of Fort Dix provided a sanctuary for many of our refugees; and for this we hold them in high regard.
We are grateful to the US Government and its military forces for helping Muslims in Kosova and Bosnia and Hercegovina. We appreciate those who helped end the horrendous genocide and atrocities perpetrated against the people of the former Yugoslavia. The Presidency of the Albanian Muslim Community in the United States and Canada fully supports United States Government efforts to end terror. We pray for peace and stability in the world.
We are against all those "so-called Muslims" who misuse and humiliate Islam and create ugly images of the Muslim people. Islam is a religion of peace and we appreciate the fact that the US Government does not identify Muslims with those who commit acts of terror.
The Albanian Muslim community has worked and continues to work together with different religious groups and organizations in United States and Canada. It is our goal to increase the awareness of people of the peaceful nature of Muslims and bring an end to the modern disease called terrorism.
We pray to Almighty God to save and protect the United States, which provides shelter to those in need from around the globe. We pray to Almighty God to bring love to the people of the world and bring all of mankind to the path of peace. May God bless the people of our great country.
Imam Vehbi Ismaili, President
Ferid Bedrolli, General Secretary
Staten Island, NY 10301
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