ING Statement on Alleged Terrorist Plot in NYC

For immediate release

(May 21, 2009) Islamic Networks Group (ING) congratulates local and national law enforcement agencies for their success in thwarting the alleged plot to bomb two Jewish institutions and shoot missiles at military planes. Harming places of worship of any religious group is strictly prohibited in Islam, and the Qur’an specifically mentions the duty to safeguard all houses of worship including synagogues (Qur’an, 22:40). ING points out that no political grievances can legitimize actions that are condemned by Islam; those that claim Islamic teachings to justify their immoral violent actions are committing a dual crime of attempting to harm others and acting in the name of a religion that they are misrepresenting. ING also reminds the media and government officials that the actions of a few should not be used to stereotype or promote fear and prejudice towards an entire community.

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