Savannah Proclamation

The City of Savannah, Georgia
April 30, 1990


WHEREAS:
Al-IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to... has been a vital part of the development of the United States of America, and the City of Savannah, Georgia, by promoting obedience to the established laws of the land and by encouraging abstinence from all that is wrong; and

WHEREAS:

The religion of Al-Islam encourages God-Consciousness among the Muslim citizens of Savannah, by forming associations with all right-minded Savannahians who make tremendous effort in the way of all that is good; and

WHEREAS:
The ethical system of the United States of America is in many respects consistent with the ethics upon which the religion of Al-Islam is based, also recognizing the need for this fact to be reflected in our referring to our Nation’s Code of Ethics as being “Judeo-Christian-Muslim Code of Ethics”; and

WHEREAS
Al-Islam is presently the fastest growing religion in the world and in the United States of America, notwithstanding the fact that there exists historical documentation that many of the African slaves brought to our country were followers of the religion of Al-Islam;

NOW THEREFORE, I, John P. Rousakis, Mayor of the City of Savannah, in recognition of this religious community in Savannah, do hereby proclaim

THE RELIGION OF AL-ISLAM BE GIVEN EQUAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND RECOGNITION AS THE OTHER RELIGIOUS BODIES OF OUR GREAT CITY. I URGE THE CITIZENS OF SAVANNAH TO SUPPORT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN ITS EFFORTS TO BRING ABOUT PEACE THROUGH GOD  CONSCIOUSNESS.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Savannah, Georgia to be affixed. This 30th day of April, 1990.

[Document in the Public Domain, Savannah Georgia.]