IslamOnline, CAIRO — A galaxy of Muslim scholars thinkers, political activists and academics have penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to begin his reign by remedying injustices inflicted on Arabs and Muslims for peace to prevail and America to restore its image.
"Civilization cannot flourish and peace and security cannot be enjoyed by the world unless justice prevails on the ground and dominates international relations," said the letter, a copy of which was obtained by IslamOnline.net.
It listed the injustices that need to be alleviated in order to end hostilities and promote peace in the world.
"No other nation in history has suffered injustice like the one inflicted upon the Palestinian people," the Muslim leaders wrote."This fact might have been ignored by the U.S. in response either to some financial, political or media pressure or to ideological illusions, legends or electoral ambitions."
The signatories include Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), Rashid Al-Ghanoushi, Secretary General of Al-Nahdha Movement in Tunisia, Qazi Hussein Ahmad, leader of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami, and Ali Sadruddin Al-Bayanoni, head of Syria's Muslim Brotherhood.
The letter affirms that normal relations with Arabs and Muslims can not be reached "unless the injustice inflicted upon the Palestinian nation" is lifted and "unless the Iraqi and Afghan sovereignty is retained."
Obama, who was sworn-in as America's 44th and first black president on Tuesday, January 20, has vowed a new start with the Muslim world.
"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect," Obama said in his inauguration speech, watched by millions around the world.