WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed an anti-terror statement by Saudi Arabia's top religious leader made in a sermon at the peak of the Hajj, the most important event on Islam's spiritual calendar.
In his midday sermon Monday to millions of pilgrims gathered on the plain of Arafah, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh called for religious moderation and said Islam prohibits terrorism, extremism and injustice.
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In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: "It is extremely significant that such a prominent Muslim leader would offer a clear statement condemning terrorism and religious extremism during the largest Islamic gathering in the world and on the most important day on Islam's spiritual calendar.
"The importance of the Grand Mufti's statement is made even more significant given the fact that it was delivered in the same spot as the last sermon offered by the Prophet Muhammad.
"This statement from Islam's spiritual capital should put to rest once and for all the false claim that Muslim leaders do not condemn terrorism."
Awad urged Muslim leaders in America and worldwide to incorporate the Grand Mufti's statement in Eid al-Adha prayers being offered Tuesday to mark the end of Hajj.
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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