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Orlando Response: United Against Hate

All over America faith communities and Muslim organizations are condemning the act of hated that occurred in Orlando this past weekend. Here is the statement issued Monday from four of the local Muslim communities.

United Against Hate

Local Muslim Organizations Condemn the Terrorist Attack in Orlando, Florida

Grand Rapids local Muslim organizations mourn yet again another episode of tragic and senseless loss of innocent lives in the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida. We categorically and vehemently with the toughest possible language condemn this attack and express our deepest sympathies with those who lost their lives, and those affected by these losses. These crimes were inflicted upon every single human being throughout the world. We reaffirm our belief that is firmly grounded in the teachings of our religion that any act of violence against innocent people is an act of violence against all people. This belief has been emphasized in the Qur’an which states whoever kills one innocent life, it is as if they killed all of humanity, and whoever saves one innocent life, it is as if they have saved all of humanity (Chapter 5: Verse 32).

We are deeply repulsed to learn that the person behind the horrific attack has declared allegiance to the entity that erroneously and maliciously invokes the name of our faith to justify their evil deeds. The so-called Islamic State is the worst global enemy of Islam and Muslims. We stand firm in our rejection of all hate-filled crimes. There is absolutely no justification whatsoever in any Divine or human value system to justify any act of violence against innocent life based on different beliefs or practices.

American Muslims continue to call for everyone to show our collective resolve against violence inflicted upon any innocent life by any perpetrator. While we continue to pray for light, guidance, wisdom and hope that God leads us all through this very dark time, we are calling for actions, not words. Therefore, we believe that now is the time to call for a national non-governmental organizations’ conference that seriously looks and studies the root causes of violence, terrorism and radicalization so that we can save ourselves from more tragic crimes.
 
AT-Tawheed Islamic Center
Islamic Center of West Michigan
Bosnian Cultural Center
ICC ”Behar”

 
 
 

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Interfaith & Interwoven: Knitting for peace, justice, and healing

July 20, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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