May 4th, 2009 16:44 EST
Muslims To Stop Cooperating With FBI
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "O God, bring our hearts together and make our relations good. Guide us to the paths of peace and bring us out of the darkness and into the light."
Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 1, Number 161
A coalition of Muslim groups is calling for Muslims to stop cooperating with the FBI -- not on national security or safety issues but on community outreach.
The coalition is upset over what it says is increasing government surveillance in mosques, new Justice Department guidelines that the groups say encourage profiling, and the FBI`s recent suspension of ties with the nation`s largest Muslim civil rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
A petition that opposes FBI tactics is circulating in Muslim communities and has been gaining support, said coalition chairman Agha Saeed. The coalition, represented by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections, has requested a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss what it sees as the deteriorating relationship between the FBI and Muslim communities...
Afsheen Shamsi, a spokeswoman for CAIR`s New Jersey chapter, dismissed the idea that the petition is retaliation. She said it reflects the concerns of Muslims who have grown tired of being stopped at airports, constant questioning and relentless scrutiny eight years after the attacks of Sept. 11.
"I believe the Muslim community is questioning whether the mosque visits and the handshakes are just a big show by the FBI, while behind the scenes, they continue to engage in questionable practices," she said.