Proactive Statement Against the Desecration of Religious Sites and Symbols.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
December 8, 2023
To Our Esteemed Community Leaders, Faith Groups, and Global Citizens,
We, the undersigned members of Majlis Ash-Shura-Islamic Leadership Council of New York, along with our fellow Muslim organizations, unequivocally denounce the desecration of religious symbols and sites. Such acts are not only deeply offensive but also violate the fundamental principles of respect and tolerance that are at the heart of our Islamic faith.
The second Caliph of Islam, Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, set a precedent when he entered Jerusalem in approximately 637 CE. His “Covenant of Umar ” assured the safety of the city’s Jewish and Christian inhabitants, safeguarding their lives, property, and places of worship. Similarly, Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi’s respectful treatment of Christians upon reclaiming Jerusalem in 1187 CE exemplified the Islamic ethos of religious tolerance and harmony.
In recent times, we have witnessed distressing incidents of desecration of Islamic places of worship and sites, particularly at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, which is considered the third holiest site for Muslims, as well as violating the sanctity of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. These acts are deeply offensive to the Muslim community.
The recent indiscriminate attacks on mosques and churches in Gaza have further exacerbated the situation and the distress of the affected communities.
We believe it is paramount for the clergy, religious leaders, and leaders of all faith-based communities in New York to come together and actively denounce the desecration of holy sites of all religions. We must make sure to include in our sermons from the pulpit the language of love, peace, and protecting your neighbors, as it is preached by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Our commitment to these principles is not a reactive stance but a foundational aspect of our ongoing efforts to build bridges among different faith communities, our neighbors.
We therefore join our brothers and sisters of all faiths in calling upon the followers of all faith groups to condemn and discourage the desecration of places of worship, religious sites, and symbols both locally and overseas.
We seek guidance and forgiveness from the creator, Almighty Allah, to heal our hearts and grant us wisdom and understanding so that we may learn to respect His creations as He wants us to. Aameen.
African Council of Imams
Al-Janed Islamic Center
Andalusia Islamic Center
Assafa Islamic Center INC
Baitul Islam Masjid & Community Center Inc.
Baitul Mamur Masjid & Comm Center Inc.
Bronx Muslim Center
Brooklyn Broadway Jame Masjid & Islamic Center
Brooklyn Islamic Center
Canarsie Islamic Services (Masjid Khalid ibn Alwalid)
Darul Jannah Masjid & Islamic Center
Futa Islamic Center, Inc.
Harlem Islamic Cultural Center
Hillside Islamic Center
Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center
ICNA – NY
ICNA Markaz Masjid
Islamic Center of Five Town
Islamic Center of L.I.
Islamic Center of Mid Westchester
Islamic Center Of New Rochelle
Islamic Cultural Center of Bronx
Islamic Foundation Of New York
Islamic Mission of America -Dawoud
Islamic Society of Bay Ridge Inc.
Islamic Unity and Culture Center of Plav-Gusinje
Jamaat Islamic Center
Jamaica Islamic Center – JMC
Long Island Muslim Society
Madina Masjid Islamic Council of America
MAS Community Center, MAS
MAS Ibn Sina Center
MAS New York
MAS Sheepshead Bay Center
MAS UNY Inc.
MAS Youth Center
Masjid Abu Bakr El Seddique
Masjid Adam (community life center for human excellence) Abdulkder Dixon Senior Center
Masjid Ahlu Sunna Walkhurabba’a
Masjid Al Ansar
Masjid Al Aqsa
Masjid Al Arqam
Masjid Al Ihsan
Masjid Al Rahman
Masjid Al Tawheed
Masjid Al Farouq
Masjid Allahu Akbar
Masjid Darul Da’wah
Masjid Darul Quran
Masjid Ebun Abass
Masjid Highbridge Islamic Center
Masjid Ibaadu Rahmaan
Masjid Omar Ben-Abdel Aziz
Masjid Tajul Huda
Masjid Yusuf Shah
Mid Hudson Islamic Association
Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc.
Musa Mosque Islamic Center – Bronx
Muslim Center of New York
Muslim Community of Nassau County-MCNC
Muslim Foundation of America
Muslim Sister of Staten Island
Muslim Ummah of N.A (MUNA)
Nurudeen Islamic Charity Org.
NY Muslim Action Network (NYMAN) Foundation
Parkchester Islamic Center
Paterson Mevlana Mosque
Sunset Islamic Center
Tauhid Center for Islamic Dev.
United Ulama Council Of USA INC
Westchester Muslim Center
White Plains Islamic Center
Women In Islam, Inc.
Woodhaven Jame Masjid
Yemeni American Association of New York