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Islamic leaders urged to call for calm

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/13/07) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today condemned the most recent attack on Iraq's Askariya mosque in Samarra and urged Islamic leaders in Iraq and worldwide to call for calm.

Attackers destroyed the minarets of the mosque early Wednesday. CAIR condemned a similar attack on the mosque in 2006 that shattered its famous golden dome and sparked an ongoing cycle of sectarian violence.

SEE: Golden Dome Mosque is Bombed Again (AP)

SEE ALSO: U.S. Muslims to Call for Unity After Attack on Iraqi Shrine

In its statement, CAIR said:

"We strongly condemn this obvious attempt to incite further sectarian violence in Iraq and hope that those responsible will be apprehended and punished. We also urge all Islamic leaders in Iraq and worldwide to ask their followers to remain calm and to turn this tragic event into an opportunity for intra-faith dialogue and reconciliation.

"As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in his final
sermon: 'Regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. . .Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.'"

CAIR also condemned a bomb attack on a Lebanese legislator in Beirut that left at least 10 people dead and urged Palestinian factions to end the cycle of violence in the Gaza Strip.

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.

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202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:

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