As anger intensifies in the Middle East over an anti-Islam film made in the U.S., two Toledo Islamic groups are speaking out against the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on Tuesday.
The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo and United Muslims Association of Toledo have both condemned the killings of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi and are demanding that the Libyan government bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, strongly advised patience and prayer in situations of distress and adversity. He displayed such restrain during the worst circumstances in his life," said S. Maseeh Rehman, president of the United Muslims Association, in a statement. "We hope that Muslims all over the world will follow his example and not succumb to the provocations induced by the heinous documentary produced by the outfit in California, by taking law and order in their own hands."
The Associated Press reported Wednesday night that the U.S. military was moving two warships toward the Libyan coast. Both countries have agreed to cooperate in the search for the group responsible for the deadly attack.
Early Thursday, CNN reported riot police were firing warning shots and tear gas outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and that protesters had breached a wall at the American mission in the Yemeni capital city of Sana'a.
"The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo urges calm and restraint to Muslims worldwide, reminding them that violence and killing are expressly forbidden in Islam. Responses to the recurring insults to Islam and Prophet Muhammad should remain peaceful and in accordance with the teachings of Islam." said Abdel-Wahab Solimanm, PR chairman for the Islamic Center, in a statement.