The Puget Sound Muslim community released the following statement Wednesday:
"The Muslim community in and around the Puget Sound strongly condemns the extremist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, September 11th, that killed U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens and three of his staff members. Those responsible for these events in both countries claimed to be reacting to an online film considered offensive to Islam.
Exhorting to violence and murder of innocent people is one of the greatest sins in Islam. Those who reacted to this Islamophobic film should rather study the Prophet Muhammad's model from when he was treated badly on so many occasions yet he never responded with any thing other than complete dignity in a civilized manners.
American Muslims are dedicated to upholding the right to freedom of expression and emphatically condemn any use of violence as a way to protest any kind of insulting or hateful speech.
We appeal to all of our fellow Americans to come together and work toward a more peaceful world through peaceful dialogue, compassion and understanding."