To My Fellow Americans:
My words cannot express my deepest gratitude to all of the people who have supported us. Phone messages, texts, e-mails, flowers–all have overwhelmed us with your caring. We have always been proud to be American and this week I saw–again– the America that I love, always believed in, that which our forefathers have meant it to be–one nation, under god.
I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart and thank all of the individuals and organizations who have supported us in this difficult time. It has meant so much to us.
To My Fellow Muslims World-Wide:
I am seizing this opportunity to speak to all of you, to say emphatically, that in the US we have the freedom to practice our religion which we never had back home. This is, indeed, the country of freedom. To those who are taking up arms to fight in their self declared war there is the strong admonition from our Prophet (sal.):
“Do not cut down any tree, nor kill any woman, child, sick person, doctor or old man. Do not destroy any place of worship nor slaughter any animal unless it is to be eaten. Do not force anyone to be a Muslim. Do not kill any monk, priest or rabbi from any denomination. Do not mutilate the body nor destroy buildings. If you take a prisoner he is to be treated well. It is best to forgive and to forget those who have fought against you.”
If you want to learn your religion, this is the Prophet’s (sal.) statement. How can you kill innocent men, women or children?
To My American Muslim brothers and sisters who are recent immigrants:
When we raise our hands to take the oath of allegiance to the United States of America, to support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we as Muslims cannot break our oath. Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (sal.) never broke his oath. We are obligated as a part of our religion to uphold the laws of this land and become good citizens. The oath of a Muslim is a sacred duty. It cannot be broken.
– From the Secretary of the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society