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Let’s end nuclear weapons!

This video was produced last month during our meetings in Hiroshima, Japan. There, we pledged our support to a movement to rid the earth of nuclear weapons. On August 6, 1945, just one small atomic bomb killed more than 160,000 men, women and children. One nuclear weapon today can kill millions of people. Nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction are clearly un-Islamic. They release death and destruction on the masses–killing innocent men, women and children and destroying houses of worship, animals and crops.

On August 6, 1945, 8:15 AM, after 44 months of increasingly brutal fighting in the Pacific, the Enola Gay, an American B-29 bomber loaded with a devastating new weapon, appeared in the sky over Hiroshima, Japan. Minutes later, that new weapon—a bomb that released its enormous destructive energy by splitting uranium atoms to create a chain reaction—detonated in the sky, killing some 70,000 Japanese civilians instantly and leveling the city.

Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb over the city of Nagasaki, with similarly devastating results. The following week, Japan’s emperor addressed his country over the radio to announce the decision to surrender. World War II had finally come to its dramatic conclusion.

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