December 6, 2013
Muslim Civil Rights Organization Calls Nelson Mandela’s Death a Solemn
Occasion for Reflection
December 6, 2013:
The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights
and advocacy organization, today said that the death of Nelson Mandela is a solemn
occasion for reflection in which the world witnesses and mourns the passing of
great man and civil rights leader who knew the meaning of justice and true
perseverance in the face of tyranny.
In a statement reacting to news of Mandela's death, CAIR
National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
"Throughout his life, Nelson
Mandela served as an example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and justice. His legacy of
uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry and injustice will live on for generations to come.
"He was a unique historic
figure. From his jail cell, he demonstrated vision and courage, and taught the world the true meaning of steadfastness.
Outside his cell, he demonstrated statesmanship, reconciliation and pragmatism.
"As the Prophet Muhammad (peace
be upon him) said: 'For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward) for the one who establishes
justice among people.'"
CAIR cited the famous Mandela quote: "I have cherished
the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together
in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live
for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and
advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam,
encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and
build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.