Muflehun Board Members Visit Holocaust Camps
Muflehun board members Suhail Khan and Imam Mohamed Magid were part of a small delegation of Muslims leaders and clerics that visited Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps in August 2010.
The participants were accompanied by US government officials from the Reagan, Bush and Obama administrations.
Imam Magid will be writing an article for Islamic Horizons, one of the most widely read Muslim American magazines (published by ISNA) about his experience and condemning anti-Semiticism & Holocaust denial.
As Imam Mohamed Magid said:
“No Muslim in his right mind, female or male, should deny the Holocaust. When you walk the walk of the people who have been taken to be gassed, to be killed, how can a person deny physical evidence, something that’s beyond doubt?”
The participants issued this joint statement at the end of their trip:
“O you who believe, stand up firmly for justice as witnesses to Almighty God.” (Holy Qu’ran, al-Nisa “The Women” 4:135)On August 7-11, 2010, we the undersigned Muslim American faith and community leaders visited Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps where we witnessed firsthand the historical injustice of the Holocaust.We met survivors who, several decades later, vividly and bravely shared their horrific experience of discrimination, suffering, and loss. We saw the many chilling places where men, women and children were systematically and brutally murdered by the millions because of their faith, race, disability and political affiliation.In Islam, the destruction of one innocent life is like the destruction of the whole of humanity and the saving of one life is like the saving of the whole of humanity (Holy Qu’ran, al-Ma’idah”the Tablespread” 5:32). While entire communities perished by the many millions, we know that righteous Muslims from Bosnia, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, and Albania saved many Jews from brutal repression, torture and senseless destruction.We bear witness to the absolute horror and tragedy of the Holocaust where over twelve million human souls perished, including six million Jews.We condemn any attempts to deny this historical reality and declare such denials or any justification of this tragedy as against the Islamic code of ethics.We condemn anti-Semitism in any form. No creation of Almighty God should face discrimination based on his or her faith or religious conviction.We stand united as Muslim American faith and community leaders and recognize that we have a shared responsibility to continue to work together with leaders of all faiths and their communities to fight the dehumanization of all peoples based on their religion, race or ethnicity. With the disturbing rise of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred, rhetoric and bigotry, now more than ever, people of faith must stand together for truth.Together, we pledge to make real the commitment of “never again” and to stand united against injustice wherever it may be found in the world today.
- Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, Islamic Society of Orange County, CA and chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America
- Imam Mohamad Magid, All-Dulles-Area Muslim Society, Dulles, Virginia and Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America
- Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office of Interfaith & Community Services, Washington, D.C.
- Imam Suhaib Webb, Muslim Community Association, Santa Clara, CA
- Ms. Laila Muhammad, daughter of the late Imam W.D. Muhammad of Chicago, IL
- Shaikh Yasir Qadhi, Dean of Academics for the Al Maghrib Institute, New Haven, CT
- Imam Syed Naqvi, Director of the Islamic Information Center in Washington, DC
- Imam Abdullah T. Antepli, Muslim Chaplain, Duke University
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