Following the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Steven Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Yassin Mohamed by law enforcement officers, the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a strong statement of support to African-Americans.
CAIR, one of America's largest Muslim advocacy groups, has pledged solidarity and commitment, especially to families who have lost loved ones to police violence.
"As a diverse Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization dedicated to harnessing our values in service to our society, CAIR recognizes that justice for all in America cannot come to fruition without an unwavering commitment to achieving justice for Black Americans," stated Nihad Awad, CAIR's National Executive Director.
"To that end, CAIR condemns all forms of anti-Black violence, whether the culprits are police officers like Derek Chauvin in Minnesota or rogue individuals like Gregory and Travis McMichael in Georgia. We also unequivocally condemn all other manifestations of anti-Black racism, whether seen in our government, our society, or even our communities."
The group is calling on all it's members to not only condemn police violence but also take concrete action. They are establishing a special task force to help support, advance, and amplify the policy reforms sought by Black American leaders and organizations.
"We urge individuals, mosques and Muslim organizations to learn more about anti-racism initiatives by partnering and training with organizations like the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, the Muslim Wellness Foundation, and others," added Awad.
"We know that our faith is incompatible with systems of racial hierarchy, and we should all do more to put this knowledge into action. We should redouble our efforts to do what our Prophet Muhammad (may peace, prayers, and blessings be upon him) taught us to do: recognize, expose and reject racism, particularly the scourge of anti-Blackness."