The American Congress official opinion of Islam as outlined in a concurrent resolution by the 96th Congress (1979) honoring the 14th century of Islam. This opinion of the American Government is hardly known by the American public.
October 4 (legislative day, June 21), 1979
Mr. Stone submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations
October 15, 1979
Reported by Mr. Church, with an amendment to the preamble
October 16 (legislative day, October 15), 1979
Considered and agreed to
Honoring the Fourteenth Centennial of Islam.
Whereas November 21, 1979, marks the fourteen hundredth anniversary of the founding of Islam, an event which will be commemorated throughout the world, including in the Holy Cities of Islam; and
Whereas Islam is one of the mankind's great religions in history and today, followed by approximately eight hundred million people encompassing every major region of the world; and
Whereas the word "Islam" derives from Abraham's willingness to accept all God's commands, an example profoundly meaningful to all monotheistic religions; and
Whereas the "House of Islam" extended gracious hospitality to philosophy and science in both the East and West when these scholarly disciplines were threatened by narrowness and prejudice, thus preserving this precious heritage for subsequent generations; and
Whereas Islam strives for a world-wide community which, in the words of one Islamic poet-philosopher, "does not recognize the superficial differences of race, or history, or nationality"; and
Whereas the United States and countries of the Islamic world hold in common many benefits and values including the concept of world community, which inspired the founding Fathers of our own country; and
Whereas international understanding and peace are strengthened by free and open communications among nations representing various historical and religious traditions:
Now, therefore, be it
That Islam is hereby recognized for the rich religious, scientific, cultural, and artistic contribution it has made to mankind since its founding.
Source: Introduction to Islam