Sunday, September 16, 2012

Australia: US Iman calls for calm

The Sydney Morning Herald

US imam warns Muslims against violent overreaction to film

Tara Bahrampour

AS ANTI-AMERICAN violence spread across the Muslim world, the imam of one of America's largest mosques urged his congregation to combat bigotry with education, and paid tribute to the US ambassador Chris Stevens killed on Tuesday in Benghazi, Libya.

''We should not fall into the trap of people who want to portray Muslims as violent people,'' Imam Mohamed Magid told hundreds of followers at the Adams Centre, Virginia, adding that the Californian man who made a film insulting the prophet Muhammad was trying to provoke a clash of civilizations.

The film was deeply offensive ''but we should not express our anger with violence and breaking things and taking innocent people's lives''.

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