The Crescent Report

May 5, 2010

MAS Freedom and Muslim Organizations Respond at Press Conference to Recent Arrest in the Times Square Car Bombing Case

Filed under: From the Desk of Imam Mahdi Bray — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 9:26 am

MAS Freedom and Muslim Organizations Respond at Press Conference to Recent Arrest in the Times Square Car Bombing Case

Today MAS Freedom and other national organizations participated in a joint press conference to respond to the arrest of Faisal Shahzad. Shahzad was arrested for attempting to set off a car bomb in the Times Square section of New York City. The press conference was held at the CAIR, Washington DC office. Muslim leaders reiterated the American Muslim rejection of violence and criminal conduct regardless of the perpetrator. They also emphasized the need for all Americans to work together to keep each other safe from all forms of violence be they perpetrated by groups or individuals. The group expressed the need to resist guilt by religious association, demonization or rash acts of backlash that often occur in the Muslim community when acts of criminal violence are associated with Muslim perpetrators. “We wish to focus on the affirmation of the sanctity of life and the renunciation of violence,” stated Mahdi Bray, Executive Director of MAS Freedom. “However, already some media outlets and public officials have begun to make irresponsible and irrational statements concerning our community and Islam.” Bray further added, “It’s interesting that very few people are praising the vigilance of a Senegalese Muslim vendor who noticed the smoke and reported it to the police. No doubt, if he had not acted quickly and responsibly to his observation, lives would have been lost.” Other members of the press conference included:

Nihad Awad, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Asma Hanif, Chairperson, Council of Muslim Organizations (CCMO) in the Greater Washington, D.C., Area

Alejandro Beutel, Government Liason, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

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