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CAIR: U.S. Muslim Group Calls Madiba Nelson Mandela's Death a Loss for All Humanity


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/13) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil

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rights and advocacy organization, today said that the death of Nelson Mandela is a loss for all humanity and that the South African leader will remain an example to those fighting for human rights.

In a statement reacting to news of Mandela's death, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

"Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela served as an example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and justice. His legacy of uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry and injustice will live on for generations to come.

"He was a unique historic figure. From his jail cell, he demonstrated vision and courage, and taught the world the true meaning of steadfastness. Outside his cell, he demonstrated statesmanship, reconciliation and pragmatism. 

"As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: 'For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward) for the one who establishes justice among people.'"

CAIR cited the famous Mandela quote: "I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Condolences to Nelson Mandela 

December 5th, 2013

 

As-Salaamu 'Alaikum Dear Ambassador Ebrahim Rasoul,

Greetings of peace and mercy. On behalf of the board of directors and community at The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, we extend our sincerest condolences on the passing President Nelson Mandela. We thank Almighty God for the indefatigable commitment to freedom and reconciliation of Nelson Mandela. Humankind owes a great debt to President Mandela, the Free South Africa movement and the people of South Africa for their leadership and examples. We pray that his life and legacy will continue to inspire the coming generations to strive until there is freedom and justice.

 

 

 

Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center

3159 Row St, Falls Church, VA 22044

703-536-1030 (O),

www.daralhijrah.net

 

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