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Should We Apologize?

Posted by Imam Zaid Shakir on Jul 14, 2016 12:59:27 PM

In the aftermath of the Orlando murders many Muslims are adamant that they will not apologize for anything. This is a proper stance as our religion does not advocate collective guilt, nor collective punishment. We are informed in the Qur’an, “No bearer of burdens (a sinner) can bear the burdens of another.” No one needs say, “I am sorry” for crimes they did not commit. On the other hand, many are viewing clarifying Muslim teachings, attempting to manage popular perceptions, or condemning criminal actions as unacceptable “apologizing.” Such a view is misguided.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, orlando, apolgies, terrorism

A Joint Muslim Statement on the Carnage in Orlando

Posted by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf on Jun 16, 2016 12:51:30 PM

“We, as American Muslims, follow the openhearted and inclusive Islam of Muhammad Ali and completely reject the hatred, provincialism, and intolerance of those who trample upon the rights of others, besmirching and defiling the name of Islam.”

On June 13, 2016, Muslim leaders across North America signed the Orlando Statement. Signatories include Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and many others.

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Topics: Muslim, Islam, orlando, orlando shooting, terrorism

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