Undermines Sunni-Shia Unity and Violates Protection of Religious Minorities
(Plainfield, IN 1/3/16) Today the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), issued a statement regarding the executions of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and three Shia Muslim activists by the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Nimr was a vocal critic of the Saudi government's policies against the Shia religious minority and called for political reform.
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr
In a statement, ISNA President Azhar Azeez said:
"The actions taken by the Saudi government against its critics like Sheikh Nimr in the name of counter-terrorism undermine the unity of the worldwide Muslim community and violates the protection of religious minorities."
In 2013, ISNA along with other Muslim religious bodies signed a declaration reaffirming respect and unity between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.