Indian Muslims Held Special Prayers and Condolence Meetings for the Victims of Mumbai Terror Attacks
|Friday, November 28,2008 18:46|
Friday is the holy day for Muslims and this Friday after Thanksgiving was a day of sadness for Muslim Indian-Americans. Many imams (prayer leaders) in the New York and New Jersey areas condemned this heinous terror attack against the civilians in Mumbai, India in their sermons. According to media reports more than 150 civilians were killed and hundreds more wounded in the well coordinated attacks by well trained militant terrorists.
Area mosques that held these services include Long Island Islamic Center in Westbury and Upper Westchester Islamic Society in Thornwood. Similar services were held in other parts of the country.
The Muslim community expressed its outrage at the killings of the Brooklyn based Rabbi and his wife and other American citizens. Dr. Shaik Ubaid of Indian Minorities Advocacy Network expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the rabbi and other victims.
Dr. Ubaid lauded the valor of the slain Anti Terrorism Squad Chief Hemant Karkare who was courageously heading the recently publicized inquiry against the recent Malegaon bomb blasts in which Hindu supremacists including military officers and some religious leaders were implicated. "We must be proud of the selfless sacrifice of the under-paid and under-armed special forces who were let down by corrupt politicians and incompetent intelligence agencies, and still manage to save hundreds of civilians," said Dr. Ubaid.
Saeed Patel, a well-known community leader congratulated the Indians for staying united and not succumbing to the designs of the terrorists and of the extremist politicians who unsuccessfully tried to use the terror attacks to foment retaliatory violence against civilians. "This sad and savage tragedy brought out the best in the common folks." " The terrorists have no religion but their victims were people of Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Sikh, Parsi, Jewish, Buddhists, Jain and other faiths as well as atheists. Their humanity was their common bond," he said.
Many Muslim leaders will also be participating in the upcoming inter-faith condolence services.
COALITION AGAINST GENOCIDE ALSO CONDEMNED THE TERRO ATTACKS. HERE IS THEIR PRESS RELEASE
INDIAN-AMERICANS CONDEMN THE MUMBAI TERROR ATTACKS AND SEEK EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT ACTION TO STOP TERRORISM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2008
As a broad-based coalition committed to promoting justice, peace and human rights, we denounce in strongest possible terms the dastardly terror attacks in Mumbai and demand that the highest echelons of political decision makers in India, be held accountable for what seems to be widespread and escalating trend of abject failures in protecting precious lives of ordinary citizens and preserving the pluralistic fabric of India.
We express our deepest gratitude to the thousands of security personnel for their courageous and selfless service in fighting these well-planned and coordinated attacks. We are deeply moved by still-emerging stories of the heroism and professionalism of the staffs at the affected hotels. Our hearts go out to the families of fallen heroes and the civilian victims. We also note with a sense of great pride and satisfaction, that Indian citizens have by and large maintained harmony, understanding and resolve in the face of successive acts of terrorism, thereby foiling the perpetrators" principal objective. We have no doubt that it is this unique strength of ordinary people which keeps India resilient, vibrant and united in the face of mounting internal and external challenges. We call upon all political forces in India to build upon this unique character rather than foment divisive agenda for short term gains.
We are alarmed by the reports of foreign groups being involved in the attacks. We urge the government of India to identify these foreign groups and to reassure the nation that such threats are being dealt with in an effective manner.
Recent years have witnessed an alarming growth in the number of groups committing highly orchestrated acts of terrorism and violence against innocent civilians and public institutions. As evident from this still unfolding tragedy, a coordinated and open attack on this scale by a handful of people, completely paralyzing Mumbai – India’s largest city - points to major and multiple break downs across the internal and external intelligence agencies, center-state coordination on law and order, as well as political-bureaucratic-civil society continuum.
As non-resident Indians, we note how India has come to be recognized as a rising world class power as a result of successive recent governments assiduously pursuing and successfully accomplishing programs to advance the country"s profile on the international stage. However, we also note with dismay and frustration that similar single minded focus and resolve seems to be lacking in successive governments, when it comes to ensuring the life, liberty and livelihood of ordinary citizens. We therefore call upon leaders across political spectrum towards a renewed sense of single minded focus on this very fundamental and basic purpose of government.
While acknowledging the complexity of the situation and concerned about frequent terrorist attacks in recent months, we feel nevertheless compelled to request Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh to make much needed changes in the senior ranks of the government officials and the government security apparatus to ensure that the citizens and institutions of India are fully protected from acts of terrorism.
COALITION AGAINST GENOCIDE - A Coalition of Concerned Indian-Americans
Gautam Desai [[email protected]]
George Abraham [[email protected]]
Kaleem Kawaja [[email protected]]
Aligarh Alumni Association, Washington, DC
American Muslim Physicians of Indian Origin (AMPI), Chicago. IL.
Association of Indian Muslims in America (AIM), Washington DC; (www.AimAmerica.org)
Campaign to Stop Funding Hate (CSFH); (www.stopfundinghate.org)
Friends of South Asia (FOSA), San Jose, California; (www.friendsofsouthasia.org)
Gujarati Muslim Association of America (GMAA), Chicago, IL
India Foundation, Michigan
Indian Minorities Advocacy Network (ImanNet), New York
Indian Muslim Council (IMC), Morton Grove, Illinois (www.imc-usa.org)
Indian Muslim Education Foundation of North America (IMEFNA), Chicago, IL
International Service Society, Michigan
Muslim Youth Awareness Alliance (MYAA), Michigan
Non-Resident Indians for a Secular and Harmonious India (NRI-SAHI), Michigan
Sikh American Heritage Organization, Wayne, IL.
South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), Vancouver, Canada (www.sansad.org)
Supporters of Human Rights in India (SHRI), Minnesota.
The Coalition for a Secular Democratic India (CSDI), Chicago. IL
Vaishnava Center for Enlightenment, Michigan
Dr. Syed S. Ahmed
Dr. Waheeduddin Ahmed
Dr Shahid Ali
Dr. Chinmoy Banerjee
Dr. Angana Chatterji
Dr. Fazal Khan
Dr. Hyder Khan
Dr. Shahid Ali Khan
Dr Wasim Khan
Alex V. Koshy
Dr. Kursheed A. Mallick
Syed Azmatullah Quadri
Dr. Shaik Sayeed
Dr. Hari Sharma
Dr. Shaik Ubaid