American Muslims don’t let ISIS speak for them

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Amman, JORDAN: Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIRE), speaks during a press conference in Amman, 19 January 2006. The American Muslim activist urged the immediate release of appeal to the kidnappers to release of Jill Carroll, the reporter with the Christian Science Monitor journalist facing death at the hands of her kidnappers in Iraq. AFP PHOTO/KHALIL MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

American Muslim leaders have warned ISIS: “You do not speak for us”, in the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando. Nihad Awad, speaking for the Council on American-Islamic Relations told reporters that the shooting was “a hate crime, plain and simple.”

“We condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Awad sad. “It violates our principles as Americans and as Muslims. I have a word for Isis and their supporters. How would you stand before God and answer for your crimes against innocent people – thousands of innocent people – Muslims, Christians and other minorities? You do not speak for us. You do not represent us. You are an aberration,” he added. “They don’t speak for our faith,” Awad continued. “They never belonged to our beautiful faith. They claim to, but the 1.7 billion people are united in rejecting their extremism, their interpretation and their acts and senseless violence.”

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