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Where is the outcry from Muslums and Muslum leaders, American and others, about the senseless killing and rioting?

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How the American Muslims' efforts will play out in Europe remains unclear. Muslim leaders in Europe insist that they have already been playing a pivotal role in appealing for calm and persuading some Muslims to vent their anger through peaceful means.

But Abdul Wahid Pedersen, an influential imam in Denmark, said in an interview Friday that Denmark's 250,000 Muslims could learn from their American counterparts by becoming more united. "In the past, the community here has been divided, and this had made it difficult to speak with one voice," he said. "It is important in a crisis like this that moderate voices in the community are heard."

Karen P. Hughes, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, said, "The voices of Muslim Americans have more credibility in the Muslim world frankly than my voice as a government official, because they can speak the language of their faith and can share their experience of practicing their faith freely in the West, and they can help explain why the cartoons are so offensive."

Muslim American leaders say they feel anguish over the Muslim world's violent protests, which have left at least 11 dead. Azeem Khan, assistant secretary general of the Islamic Circle of North America, based in New York, said, "It hurts us when people attack embassies, because it reinforces the image that we were protesting in the first place, which is that Muslims are violent."

Offending the prophet

In his sermon during Friday prayer, Imam Magid in Virginia said he told worshippers that during the Prophet Muhammad's life, a woman threw trash in his house, and other people had called him crazy and spit in his face.

"He responded by forgiving her and asking God to guide those who had wronged him," Imam Magid said. "I told them every time a Muslim commits a suicide bombing, walks into a pizza place and kills innocent people, that person has offended their own prophet."


The American Muslims are encouraging European Muslims to build better alliances with leaders of other faiths. In the United States, Muslims in communities across the country intensified their involvement in interfaith organizations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, an effort they say has helped defuse tension.



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