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Nidal Omar and Ahmed Kamel, Published January 21 2011

Muslims appalled by phone threat against synagogue

As members of the Fargo Muslim community and the U.S. Muslim community at large, we are deeply saddened and appalled by the recent threatening phone call directed at Temple Beth El in Fargo (Fargo synagogue receives threat: Phone message warns of “special package” – The Forum, Jan. 12). We are troubled by the prospect that such a cowardly act might have been committed by someone who (truthfully or not) claims to be affiliated with our peace-promoting religion.

Here in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the Muslim and Jewish communities are blessed with a long history of mutual trust, and we are confident that it cannot be broken by such an irresponsible act.

On behalf of the Muslim community, we would like to offer our Jewish brethren our support at these trying times. We pray to God to protect all of us from such irresponsible acts and foster the spirit of cooperation among everyone, regardless of faith or creed.


Omar is president of the Islamic Society of Fargo-Moorhead; Kamal, Ph.D., is an associate professor of computer science mathematics at Concordia College.