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Assalaamu Alaikum (Peace be with you)

In commemorating the eleventh year anniversary of September 11 2001, Islamic Speaker's Bureau-DFW (ISB-DFW) and the Muslim community in Dallas/Fort Worth, join fellow Americans of all beliefs and backgrounds to share in the grief of the nation and look for opportunities to learn and grow from it. We express sympathy and extended prayers for the victims of injustice and tyranny, wherever they might be.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) viz. "Do unto all people as you would wish to have done unto you, and reject for others what you would reject for yourselves." Muslims reject the evil act that was committed on September 11, 2001. Before our very eyes, lives were lost and dreams were shattered. Muslims do not condone, support or believe in a holy reward for those unspeakable acts devoid of God's guidance and certainly of His blessing. Such inhumane actions clearly contradict the teachings of Islam. Sadly, the suspects who committed these crimes used their religious beliefs in an attempt to justify their evil actions. They have all committed a terrible crime against their own communities and humanity at large.

Islam stands for tolerance and the sanctity of life and those who follow its un-ambiguous tenets of faith do not encompass or embrace acts of terrorism in any form, in any place, at any time. Islam has placed an infinite value on human life. This is expressed in the Qur'an in the following terms: " ..if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people..." (Quran 5:42)

Today, nearly 60% of Americans say they do not know a Muslim, and this lack of personal relationships that provide knowledge about Islam, along with a near-constant barrage of negative images and news coverage, has led to an increasingly negative feeling about Islam and Muslims. In recent times, there has been an uptick in the number of Muslim civil rights cases as well as incidents involving intolerance and hate. It is also  good to realize that hatred and intolerance are not shared by everyone and that this is in fact abhorred by those who realize that Muslims and Islam, the religion of peace by its very definition, is innocent of the crime that was committed on September 11.

ISB-DFW urges the need for communities to come together to build bridges of understanding and to keep America strong by serving our communities. Today we are emphasizing the significance of this timing and the context of this event, by making it the focal point of our campaign to support the education of Islam and to build bridges of understanding between Americans of all faiths. ISB-DFW invites you to join hands and support us on Sunday, September 16, 2012

What: Islamic Speakers Bureau-DFW Benefit Dinner "Strengthening the Bridge"
Where: Omni Hotel at Park West, 1590 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75234
When: Sunday, September 16, 2012 (5:00 PM)
Register: http://www.isb-dfw.org/fundraiser

Through our efforts like this one, we can help America understand that Islam stands for tolerance and the sanctity of life. The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said "God does not look to your bodies and appearances, but He reads your hearts." Let us look past the appearances and allow our hearts to fill with dignity, respect, tolerance and understanding that we would want written there for the nation and the world. We have to break down these barriers. We have to build and strengthen bridges to understand each other.

Islamic Speakers Bureau-DFW (ISB-DFW)
E-Mail: info@isb-dfw.org
Phone: (972) 652-0786
Web: http://www.isb-dfw.org

Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, Islamic Speaker's Bureau-DFW is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate about Muslims, their traditions, and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. Founded in 2011, ISB-DFW achieves its mission through education and community engagement at the grassroots level.