Press Conference: NC Muslims to repudiate UNC-CH attacker's remarks

Thank you for attending this press conference, hosted by the Islamic Association of Raleigh.

On March 10, 2006, Mohammed Taheri-Azar wrote a letter to ABC 11 stating his reasons for running his car through the Pit at UNC-Chapel Hill, injuring nine people. Taheri-Azar claimed that his actions were justified by the holy book of Islam, the Qur'an.

The Islamic Association of Raleigh, along with the Muslim-American Public Affairs Council, the Muslim American Society-Raleigh Chapter, and the Muslim Students Associations from UNC-CH, Duke, and NC State, uniformly reject any statements or actions to justify violence against innocent people in the name of Islam.

Islam, on the contrary, emphasizes the sanctity of life such as the statement in the Qur'an that "whoever kills a man unjustly...it is as if he has killed all of humanity, and whoever saves a life, it is as if he has saved all of humanity."

The Prophet Muhammad said: "He who hurts one of another faith, hurts me and He who hurts me hurts God."

It is unfortunate that some misuse religion and perpetrate violence in the name of religion as evidenced by Taheri-Azar's statements and actions, which appear to be the work of a disturbed individual. However, it is the duty of educated Muslims and people of other faiths alike to distinguish from such misuse and disregard such statements made by Mr. Taheri-Azar.

For further information about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), please attend the Open House, hosted by the Islamic Association of Raleigh, on Saturday, March 18th, from 2 to 5PM.