(Overland Park, KS, 3/22/2016) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today expressed solidarity with the people of Belgium following the horrific attacks in Brussels that left at least 34 people dead and numerous injured.

“Kansas City area Muslims express solidarity with the people of Belgium and offer condolences to victims of this senseless attack and to the families of the victims,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif.  “We are disheartened by this evil committed by criminals who claim to act in the name of our religion. In the strongest terms possible we reject their violent ideology.”

The attacks in Brussels come on the heels of terrorist bombings in Turkey where several dozen lives were also lost, including two Americans.  “These attacks harm all of humanity, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or those without faith,” said Latif.

These attacks have been attributed to the so-called “Islamic State” or Daesh. “Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects the organization’s self-proclaimed status as the ‘Islamic State.’ Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology.

CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.