Islam is Peace
Speech by President Bush
September 17, 2001
Thank you all very much for your hospitality. We've just had
a -- wide-ranging discussions on the matter at hand. Like the
good folks standing with me, the American people were appalled
and outraged at last Tuesday's attacks. And so were Muslims all
across the world. Both Americans and Muslim friends and citizens,
tax-paying citizens, and Muslims in nations were just appalled
and could not believe what we saw on our TV screens.
These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental
tenets of the Islamic faith. And it's important for my fellow
Americans to understand that.
The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic,
but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil
in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that
they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.
The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not
what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't
represent peace. They represent evil and war.
When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort
to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find
comfort and solace and peace. And that's made brothers and sisters
out of every race -- out of every race.
America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and
Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country.
Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military,
entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be
treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans
must treat each other with respect.
Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable
going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated
in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America
I've been told that some fear to leave; some don't want to go
shopping for their families; some don't want to go about their
ordinary daily routines because, by wearing cover, they're afraid
they'll be intimidated. That should not and that will not stand
Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to
take out their anger don't represent the best of America, they
represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of
that kind of behavior.
This is a great country. It's a great country because we share
the same values of respect and dignity and human worth. And it
is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same
way I do. They're outraged, they're sad. They love America just
as much as I do.
I want to thank you all for giving me a chance to come by. And
may God bless us all.