Muslims Condemn Violent Reaction to Anti-Muslim Film

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community condemns killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya and other U.S. diplomats

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA strongly condemns the senseless acts of violence against the U.S. diplomatic offices in Egypt and Libya as well as the murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and other U.S. diplomats.  The killing of any innocent person is completely wrong, and no religious or moral teachings anywhere in the world can sanction the killing of an ambassador or other representative of a State.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA fully supports the ongoing U.S. diplomatic efforts around the world and calls on all people of conscience to wholly condemn such barbaric and unjustifiable attacks against those working towards peace.

On the basis of Islamic teachings, Ahmadi Muslims have always been against all forms of terrorism and extremism,

said Amjad Mahmood Khan, National Director of Public Affairs for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA.

We stand in solidarity with the U.S. State Department in their efforts to establish just and peaceful relations between nations.”

Leaders of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA are available for comment.

Harris Zafar, National Spokesperson

About the Anti-Muslim Film:

Innocence of Muslims, previously called Innocence of Bin Laden (working title Desert Warrior), is a 2012 anti-Islamic low-budget feature film purportedly about the life of Muhammad.

Reactions of that Anti-Islamic Film:

A two-minute excerpt dubbed in Arabic was broadcast by Sheikh Khalad Abdalla on Al-Nas, an Egyptian television station. Muslim leaders criticized the film’s depiction of Muhammad. According to a Cairo newspaper, the film was denounced by the leader of an Egyptian political party.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has proactively blocked and vigorously preventing all access to Anti-Islamic video placed on worldwide web via YouTube, said a statement issued by the authority.

Men protesting against the film in Bahrain

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urged the United States government to prosecute the film producers whom he referred to as “madmen”.  The U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a statement condemning what it called “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” an apparent reference to the video.

Afghanistan decided to censor YouTube and President Hamid Karzai said the makers of the film committed a “devilish act”.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the film as “an insult to sacred Muslim figures” while criticizing the response of the United States government.

Bishop Serapion of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles said in a statement that “the producers of this movie should be responsible for their actions. The name of our blessed parishioners should not be associated with the efforts of individuals who have ulterior motives.”

About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, established in 1920, is the first American-Muslim organization.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace. Ahmad’s advent has brought about an unprecedented era of Islamic revival and moderation. He divested Muslims of fanatical beliefs and practices by vigorously championing Islam’s true and essential teachings.

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