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Date: 2003-07-03
July 3, 2003
Jamad al-awal 3, 1424
Rev. Jisei Nagasaka
Nichiren Shoshu Temple of New York
143-63 Beech Ave. Flushing, NY 11355
Tel: 718-961-7269
Fax: 718-461-0765

Nichiren Shoshu Buddhists Urged To Aplogize For Defaming Al-Islaam

Dear Rev. Nagasaka,

We, at CAIR New York, on behalf of 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, 7 million of whom are Americans, are shocked to learn that you have posted on your website several outrageous anti-Islamic statements. We urge you to delete these disparaging comments about Al-Islaam and to apologize to all Muslims.

You stated, incorrectly, that the invading Muslims killed all the monks and nuns, effectively wiping out Buddhism in India ! Have you asked yourself, why Hinduism in India was able to co-exist and even prosper under Muslim rule? The answer is very simple, because Al-Islaam teaches in Al-Qur'aan Allaah's commandments: There must be NO compulsion in religion. Also, You have your religion and I have mine. Because of these commandments, Judaism and Christianity also flourished in Andalusia, Spain, where Muslims ruled for 800 years!!

Rev. Nagasaka, your theory that Buddhism died at the point of the Islamic sword is embarrassingly weak on its grasp of the facts. Your claim that Islam is a false religion and that only Nichiren Shoshu is a true religion, and your defamation of God and Allah and Prophet Mohammed, (peace be upon him) are inflammatory comments uncalled for in the diverse and pluralistic society in which we both must live in harmony.

Also, your colleague, Rev. Kosho Mizushima, referred to Allaah as a heartless and uncharitable god a mere figment of the imagination and called Al-Islaam an arrogant faith that lacks compassion. He clearly shows his ignorance of Al-Islaam, the religion of peace and shows his insensitive confrontational and reckless mind.

Instead of attacking Al-Islaam, may we suggest that you study how did Al-Islaam gain the adherence of more than 1.2 billion people and how it was able to surmount countless cultural barriers and languages and how it was able to withstand the pressures of the centuries?

The attacks on Al-Islaam in today's volatile climate have drawn the attention of Assemblyman Roger L. Green, a Muslim member of the New York State legislature. "I am aware of and highly disapprove of Rev. Nagasaka's disparaging comments about Islam. In these difficult times we must all be proactive in tolerating and respecting the religious beliefs of people of all faiths," stated Assemblyman Green. Helen Marshall, the Borough President of Queens, stated, "Queens is the most diverse county in the United States. Reverend Nagasaka's remarks about Islam are completely unacceptable." Mainstream Buddhists, who note the harmonious relationship between Buddhists and Muslims over the centuries, have also voiced objections.

We urge you to revisit your several websites and delete all such incendiary anti-Islamic statements and apologize to the 1.2 billion Muslims of the world.

Anxiously awaiting your reply.

Ghazi Y. Khankan
Executive Director CAIR 96 New York