FIOE condemns the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) expresses its condemnation of the attack, which targeted the American Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, and claimed innocent victims, among them the American ambassador to Libya.

Without doubt, this sad incident cannot be justified, as it contravenes religious codes, moral principles, and diplomatic traditions. Moreover, this type of aggression is in no way representative of the moral values of the Libyan people, who struggled and made sacrifices in order to build a better future for their country in a state of law.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe draws attention to the fact that committing shameful acts of disrespect against Islamic sanctities, from whatever quarter, cannot justify perpetrating acts of aggression against embassies and shedding the blood of diplomats; this is a contravention of the teachings of Islam that prescribe the protection of these envoys, even in times of war.

The Federation as it expresses its severe condemnation of all forms of disrespect for Islamic sanctities or attempts to insult the Noble Messenger, peace be upon him, emphasises that the methods of aggression, violence, and terror are surely a wrong response to such abuse, and only fan the flames of hate, and reinforce negative stereotypes.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, as it expresses its condolences to the government of the United States, the American people, and the families of the diplomats for their loss in these victims, urges the responsible authorities in Libya to take all actions and measures that ensure safety and security, reinforce the state of law, and prevent the recurrence of such attacks.

Brussels, 12 September 2012

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe