Appeal from Imam
To All of Those Who Still Believe in Love and Divine Justice
With our right to self-defence denied by the international community and the
likelihood of foreign intervention ever more distant, the Muslim people in the
Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina face a continuation of the genocidal war that
has been carried on against them for more than a year. The real prospect of our
extinction looms. The aggression against us has taken 200,000 lives, involved
the rape of tens of thousands of Muslim women, destroyed over eight hundred
mosques in Northern Bosnia alone, and displaced more than a million people from
Increasingly, life in Europe for Bosnian Muslims has turned into life in a
concentration camp. The latest UN resolutions calling for "safe havens" for
Bosnian Muslims are little more than a call for the establishment of Muslim
"reservations" and all but guarantee the death of Bosnia-Herzegovina. If the
resolutions are implemented, the result will not be a just settlement but a
contravention of all the principles of order and justice that the international
community claims to hold dear.
We the Muslims of Bosnia, have been betrayed. All that remains to us is the
hope that people who believe in love and justice, particularly the religious
leaders of the world's major faiths, will stand with us.
We call upon all the Muslim clerics in the world in the name of Muslim Altruism,
on the leadership of all the Christian denominations - Catholic, Orthodox, and
Protestant - in the name of Christian love and mercy, on the Jewish Rabbinate in
the name of supreme justice, and on every Buddhist in the name of Buddha's
compassion, as well as secular humanists in the name of their principles, to
We call upon them to come to Sarajevo and stand with us in our hour of torment.
Let them find courage to come to Sarajevo now, for in the future there will be
no excuse for having stood by and done nothing as Sarajevo died and the genocide
of Bosnia's Muslims was accomplished. Let them voice love in the face of
hatred, justice in the face of murder. And let them voice those religious vows
here in SÌÌÌÌÌÌÌÌàarajevo, the city of mosques, churches and synagogues where different
faiths and traditions have always lived in peace.
We, the Muslims of Bosnia, shall continue to defend the spirit of Sarajevo with
or without outside help. We shall remain faithful to the word of God and
faithful to the ideal of Bosnia. It is up to people of conscience all over the
world to decide whether they will help us in our struggle to survive or watch
from afar as we are murdered.
Prof. Dr Mustafa Ceric
Supreme Head of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 1993.