CAIR-Alabama Responds to Senate Candidate Roy Moore's Statement About Islam
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(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 7/25/17) - The Alabama chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today responded to Senate candidate Roy Moore's description of Islam as a "false religion" at a meeting of the North Jefferson County Republican Club, inviting Moore to visit a mosque and learn firsthand about Islam from fellow Alabamians.
SEE: Roy Moore: Islam is a 'false religion'
"Statements that espouse Islamophobia and cast out fellow Alabamians, implying that they do not have the same rights under the law, are unAmerican," said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Khaula Hadeed in a statement. "We invite Judge Roy Moore to visit a mosque, meet with Alabamian Muslims, and learn about their Islamic faith and about the Muslim constituents he intends to serve as a representative. As a candidate for Senate, this is perhaps the best time for him to do so."
Hadeed's response is in line with the Quran's teachings, which call on Muslims to respond with kindness, rather than rude debate, to their Christian and Jewish brethren:
"And do not argue with the People of the Book except in a way that is best, unless it be with those of them who act unjustly, and say (to them): 'We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. Our God and your God is One, and to Him do we submit.''"
"As long as there is no actual harm or threat of violence, as in the recent case of vandalism in Helena, our hope is indeed to engage in dialogue that will lead to mutual understanding," said Hadeed. CAIR-Alabama called on recent vandalism of a Muslim family's vehicles to be investigated as a hate crime.
SEE: Helena PD: Graffiti, misspelled racial slur drawn on Muslim family's vehicles
"Muslims are a thriving community in Alabama, with Islamic Centers and award-winning schools across the state," said Hadeed. "We wake up every morning wanting the same things as our fellow citizens of other faiths. We work hard, raise families, give back, and watch football (in that order). We are not ashamed to be Muslims or follow the teachings of our faith, a right guaranteed under the constitution."
Contact: CAIR-AL Executive Director Khaula Hadeed, 334-224-2196; email@example.com