USCMO IS OUTRAGED BY LATEST INCIDENTS OF POLICE BRUTALITY CAUSING THE DEATHS OF TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN'S AND BY THE HORRIFIC SHOOTING OF POLICE OFFICERS
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of leading national and local Muslim organizations, is outraged over the police shootings and subsequent deaths of two African Americans as well as the slaying of five Police Officers in the line of duty this past week.
On Tuesday night, police shot and killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The incidents leading up to and the aftermath of the shooting were videotaped by a deli clerk and a community activist. On Wednesday, an officer shot and killed 32-year-old Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Castile was in the car with his girlfriend and her child at the time of the shooting, the aftermath of which was live-streamed on Facebook. Both incidents and the circumstances surrounding them stirred immediate public outcry. Following a peaceful protest on Thursday evening in Dallas, Tx, five Police Officers were killed and a number more injured by snipers, prompting further public outrage and concern over the developing situation.
In a statement, USCMO Secretary General Oussama Jammal said: "There is so much wrong with this picture. No man, woman or child of color should have to worry that their next outing might be their last. We ask for justice for Alton Sterling, for Philandro Castile, and the African American men and women who have fallen victim to police brutality in the very recent past. Furthermore we are equally troubled at the violence perpetrated against law enforcement officers who dedicated their lives to protecting the public. Violence is never the answer to social injustice."
The USCMO urges the interfaith community to join hands, amplify voices of reason and wisdom, stand in solidarity, and promote peace and harmony in our society. USCMO sends its heartfelt condolences to the families of all victims, and calls on local and federal government agencies to investigate these incidents, and to work diligently on preventing further deadly incidents in the future.
The Passing of a Legend, Muhammad Ali: 1942-2016
The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) offers its heartfelt condolences and is saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali at the age of 74, a legend and an icon of inspiration, after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.
Born in Louisville Kentucky in 1942 Muhammad Ali would go on to become the worlds single greatest heavyweight champion and the most famous and influential American Muslim to date, spending his life fighting for human and civil rights.
Ali began training at the age of 12 and by the age of 22 he had won the world heavyweight championship in 1964. Shortly after, Ali joined the Nation of Islam and subsequently converted to Sunni Islam in 1975 and permanently retiring from boxing by 1981.
Not only a heavyweight champion, Ali went on to become a true champion and icon for human rights and political activism. Among his many inspirational words of wisdom Ali is quoted as saying " Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth". Three years after winning the heavyweight title Ali refused to be conscripted into the US Military citing his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam war.
Throughout his life, Ali stood firmly for his beliefs shining a positive light on Islam and Muslims. As a proud Muslim, Muhammad Ali brought awareness of Islam and the beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to every household across the world.
A true legend, Muhammad Ali's legacy will continue to inspire the American Muslim community and all of humanity for decades to come.
May the Almighty Allah bless his soul and bring comfort and solace to his family.
Successful Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
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USCMO Announces the Washington Declaration
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This conference was the first of its kind to bring Muslim leaders around the world together to exchange experiences and to discuss common issues of concern to our communities. A conference of this scale, uniting the voices of Muslims across the Western Hemisphere and world, is vital to our continued growth and development as a global community. The 200 attendees included representatives from Muslim Councils and their member organizations from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and Europe.
International representatives presented reports on Muslims in their respective countries.
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On the first day of USCMO's formation, the Census Project of Muslim Americans was announced as its major and signature project. With so much variation in the number of Muslims in America, this project will help identify how many Muslim Americans do actually count. Details will soon be announced. Click here if you are interested to volunteer.