Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, President of the Fiqh Council of North America, states: “Many Islamic organizations has issued a Code of Honor in the year 2007 about relations between Sunnis and Shi`is. This is a very important document. This document should be circulated among Muslims all over the world. Following is the text:
Islamic Code of Honor
1. No group or individual shall use, propagate or tolerate rhetoric of takfir (charge of unbelief) for anyone who believes in the oneness and supremacy of Allah, in Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the seal of the prophets and the last receiver of a divine scripture, and in the viability and authenticity of the Glorious Qur’an, and who faces the qibla (direction of the Ka’bah) in prayers.
2. All forms of hate and condescending speech and literature shall not be allowed in our midst.
3. Muslims shall respect each other and the personalities, places and events that any group among us holds in esteem, even if our respective reading of history leads us to agree or disagree on the importance or role thereof, all of which can be expressed in language which is neither inflammatory nor insulting.
4. With respect to the minor differences in performing `Ibadat (acts of worship), it is only prudent that the interpretation and style of the majority in any given Mosque or institution should be followed. As such, if a person visits a majority Shi`ah Mosque, he or she shall follow the Imam of such Mosque in the observance of congregational prayers, and vice versa.
5. Muslims shall use all reasonable measures to prevent the dissemination to the public of imported literature that is divisive, inflammatory and irrelevant to the future of Islam in America.
6. Specialized and objective academic halaqas (study groups) should be formed for qualified individuals to study in depth issues of history, creed and jurisprudence for the sake of knowledge and reconciliation, and not as tools of propaganda and division.
7. Above all, Muslims shall emphasize areas of commonality, the virtue of compassion and empathy and the awareness that Allah is closer to us than our heart and veins and He Almighty is recording our thoughts and intentions, as well as our words and deeds.”