Muslim Advocacy Groups Issue Messages Of Unity Following New York City Terror Attack

"An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and we will never stand for violence against those who are innocent."

Hours after an individual drove a truck into crowds of pedestrians in lower Manhattan in the name of ISIS, several Muslim advocacy groups have condemned the attack that killed eight people and issued crucial messages calling for compassion and unity.

As HuffPost points out, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was among the first organizations to denounce the attack. In a statement shared on Facebook, CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called yesterday's events "horrific and cowardly."

In a pivotal call for unity the statement also said, "Since the goal of such heinous crimes is to divide our nation, it is incumbent on Americans of all faiths and backgrounds to frustrate that criminal objective by standing united in the face of terror."

That same call for unity was also echoed by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who reminded the world how President Bush acted after 9/11.

In a Twitter thread, The Muslim Public Affairs Council —a civil rights organization that advocates for Muslim Americans — referred to itself as "a community of rational, thoughtful humans" who condemn violence regardless of where the ideology originated from.

"An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and we will never stand for violence against those who are innocent," MPAC added, using the hashtag #NYCStrong.

Lastly, both Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy and educational organization promoting freedom and justice for all, and The Islamic Networks Group, a nonprofit committed to spreading awareness and understanding of Islam, offered their heartfelt condolences and prayers.

Still, while these messages of support and unity are appreciated, expecting Muslim organizations and Muslims to apologize for terrorist attacks they had nothing to do with is problematic.

As activist Iyad El-Baghdadi wrote last year following a terror attack in Turkey, "ISIS kills Muslims. It crushes Muslim lives... You give extremists an automatic and big win when you accept their claim that they represent tradition and that the tradition equals Islam."


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