OIC Press Release
|12 September 2001|
Following the bloody attacks against major buildings and installations in the United States yesterday, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Dr. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, secretary-general of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), stated that he was shocked and deeply saddened when he heard of those attacks which led to the death and injury of a very large number of innocent American citizens. Dr. Belkeziz said he was denouncing and condemning those criminal and brutal acts that ran counter to all covenants, humanitarian values and divine religions foremost among which was Islam.
"Our tolerant Islamic religion highly prizes the sanctity of human life and considers the willful killing of a single soul as tantamount to killing humanity at large," stated Dr. Belkeziz.
He added that on this sad occasion, he was asking the American President, Administration and people to accept his heartfelt condolences over the national catastrophe that befell their country. "The hand of severe justice should apprehend the perpetrators as soon as they have been identified with certainty," Dr. Belkeziz added.
The OIC secretary-general said that the Islamic world as a whole was sharing the pain and sorrow of the American people in this terrible and devastating ordeal. The Islamic world, he stressed, denounced and condemned the perpetrators while sympathizing with the innocent victims, their families, their beloved ones and the entire American people.
Dr. Belkeziz went on to say that the OIC had always been adamant in condemning terrorism. He added that everyone, everywhere, ought to stand most forcefully against such practices committed by those who aim at shaking the democratic system which the American people unanimously embraced through the use of innocent victims as a means to impose their views and achieve their aims.
The secretary-general said that, in a message of condolences to US President George W. Bush, he condemned and denounced the incidents.
In his message, Dr. Belkeziz asked President Bush to accept his condolences for the victims of those savage acts.