The leadership of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina unanimously voiced strong support for Muslims at the start of Interfaith Harmony Month, in a press conference held at the State House on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015.
"We affirm our solidarity with our Muslim friends here in South Carolina, whom we have come to know as peaceful, community-minded, law abiding citizens," the statement said. "We abhor the vilification they and their religion now suffer in the rhetoric of political candidates and others who spew misinformation, hate and fear."
Continuing the tradition of the last several years, Governor Nikki Haley has declared January 2016 as the month of interfaith harmony. Interfaith Partner of South Carolina is a group comprising of ten faiths that has been very active in creating a better understanding of each others' beliefs and traditions.
Speaking to the media at this press conference, Chaudhry Sadiq, President of PICNA, declared "the rhetoric of Donald Trump against Muslims is unconstitutional, unethical and un-American, period. Eight million Muslim Americans constitute the largest religious minority in the nation. They have the right to practice their religion without fear or reservation." Sadiq went on to condemn violent actions of certain extremists and terrorists in the name of Islam. "They do not in any way represent the 1.8 billion Muslims who make up about 25% of the global population."
Chaudhry Sadiq also announced an Islamic awareness event entitled "Stories of the Prophets from the Holy Quran" that will be held at a local mosque - Masjid Noor Ul Huda on Friday, January 22, 2016. This will be a panel discussion led by Imams and other Muslim scholars.