The Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN) congratulates the US government and our neighbors on the death of Osama Bin Ladin, a terrorist who was responsible for the death of several thousand innocent lives. We commend our forces that conducted a successful raid that brought justice to this murderer. We share the joy and sense of relief with the nation that this evil person met his end. We again reiterate that we denounce the act that killed American-Muslims and Non Muslims. We appreciate President Obama that US is not at war with Islam and Osama Bin Ladin did not represent Islam.
We hope the death of terrorist AlQaeda leader Osama Bin Ladin will lead to a decrease in the number of innocent civilian deaths worldwide. The violent actions of Bin Ladin and his followers violated basic Islamic teachings and resulted directly or indirectly in the deaths of many innocent lives.
ICN endorsed the fatwa (religious ruling), against terrorism and religious extremism issued by the Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and endorsed by hundreds of U.S. Muslim groups, leaders and institutions. The fatwa stated in part:
“Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram - or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs.”
Amir Arain, M.D.
Director, Public Relations
Islamic Center of Nashville (link)