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As president of the World Muslim Congress, I welcome the initiative by Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, to hold the hearings on Islamic radicalism.

It is our duty to keep law and order and to faithfully guard the safety of every citizen. Hate is one of the many sources of disrupting the peace in a society, and it is our responsibility to seek the source of such hate and work to mitigate it.

Indeed, the last few attempts to mess with our nation's security has come from men flaunting the Muslim label, and as Muslim Americans, it becomes our individual and collective responsibility to participate in ensuring the safety of every American, and we welcome the hearings. We hope the hearings will lead us to find the sources and causes of such erratic behavior, and perhaps point out areas of concerns to be addressed, and to find lasting solutions.

We have to identify the criminals who are individually accountable for their actions, and we need to punish them expediently according to the law. As a civil society, we must also resist the temptation to blame their families, their nation or their religion. We must not fall for, nor legitimize their attempts to hide under a religious label for their evil acts. The use of phrases such as "Islamic Radicalism" is oxymoronic, and must be avoided in order to uphold our civility.

As Americans together and Muslims together, we are planning to organize conferences and workshops on terrorism, anti-Semitism, Sharia, Quran, GLBT, racial profiling, Islamophobia and other issues which pit one American against another. We hope to separate realities from myths to help find solutions.

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