MPAC, September 11, 2008:
On this seventh anniversary of 9/11, the Muslim Public Affairs Council pauses to solemnly remember and honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the ghastly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Each year, Americans turn their eyes to Ground Zero, where our nation's leaders join the survivors and families of those killed in the attacks to remember all the victims and to reflect on how the events of that day have changed the world so profoundly.
For Muslim Americans, the past seven years have highlighted their critical role in the ideological struggle against extremism and terrorism. Bad theology can only be countered with good theology, and education is a responsibility that each individual carries.
MPAC and the Muslim American community remain committed to working with our elected officials and law enforcement to make America safer. MPAC is also proud of the countless ways in which Muslim Americans across the country have actively and sincerely built partnerships with diverse religious, racial and political groups to foster greater inclusion and opportunities for meaningful dialogue among diverse communities.
MPAC Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati, September 2001:*
"If we're going to look at suspects, we should look to the groups that benefit the most from these kinds of incidents, and I think we should put the state of Israel on the suspect list because I think this diverts attention from what's happening in the Palestinian territories so that they can go on with their aggression and occupation and apartheid policies."
* Larry Stammer, "After the Attack: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Newly Tested," The Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2001.