National Muslim Organizations Weigh in on Dafur Crisis

May 2, 2006

Source: Islamic Society of North America

On May 2, 2006 Islamic Society of North America reported, "Several national Muslim American organizations today reiterated their concern for the crisis in Darfur, and condemned the violence, which has been perpetrated upon villages by government sponsored militias and the rebels, and has produced more than 1.3 million internally displaced refugees.

The United States Government has determined the continuation of targeted violence against the people of Darfur constitutes genocide. The United Nations, Amnesty International and other agencies disagree on this point.

The joint statement by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) stresses that the humanitarian workers on the ground have warned the international community and the region that politicizing the Darfur conflict will ultimately result in more suffering and will endanger more civilians.

It may be recalled that almost two years ago, Muslim Americans sent a peace delegation to the region to determine steps toward ending the conflict and the suffering in Sudan. A group of ten individual representatives of the national Muslim organizations spent one week meeting with both government and rebel representatives to encourage the cessation of violence and a just resolution of the conflict.

The American Muslim organizations further call upon the international Muslim leadership, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab World to honor their obligations toward the people of Sudan and to be part of the solution in this human tragedy by making significant contribution through humanitarian aid and political pressure resulting in a just resolution of the problem.

The Muslim American organizations have requested a meeting with President Bush and Secretary Rice. The organizations offer the following recommendations for peace, urging that the U.S. take effective measures to help the innocent civilians in Darfur."