HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University released this statement on August 22 condemning acts of violence by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS):
“The Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University (CAMR-OU) is saddened by the ongoing acts of aggression being perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Their actions demonstrate a basic disdain for humanity and are clearly against the message of peace, love and mercy that is so evident in the Qu’ran and embraced by the vast majority of Muslims.
We call upon people of faith everywhere to pray for God’s intervention in the hearts of those associated with ISIS. Let’s pray that they will truly submit to God’s will and join those who walk the “straight path” (Sirat al Mustaqim); those upon whom the mercies of God pleasantly rest.
We also call upon people of faith to join in the struggle against prejudiced attitudes towards all Muslims because of the actions of a violent few. We believe that the only antidote to terror is peace and call for all true believers to promote and practice peace in their spheres of influence.”
-Keith Burton, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University