NJ Muslims Condemn the Mass Shooting in Orlando

NJ Muslims Condemn the Mass Shooting in Orlando
June 13, 2016

On behalf of a broad spectrum of more than 80 Muslim organizations in New Jersey listed below, we express our profound shock, sorrow, and categorically condemn the murder of 50 innocent people and injuring of another 53 victims in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the families of the deceased and the injured. 

Muslims of New Jersey wish to offer heartfelt condolences for the victims and their families whose loved ones have been taken so tragically. This individual perpetrator of such a horrendous crime does not represent Islam or Muslims in any sense. The Islam we know and practice calls for peace, mercy, love, helping others and tolerance.

As the Qur’an states, “Whoever kills a person, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an 5:32)

Hate, bigotry and violence are our common enemy and we reject the hate and anger that leads to this kind of acts of violence. We as American Muslims condemn this act of mass murder in the strongest possible terms.

As Americans, we reiterate our commitment to peace, safety, and security of our nation, as well as our solidarity with fellow Americans. We pray for the safety and security of all Americans.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the following contacts:

M. Ali Chaudry, Ph.D., Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, machaudry@gmail.com, (908)672-1798

Alex Kharazi, Ph.D., Masjid-e-Ali, alexk08873@yahoo.com (732) 735-3371
Imam Mustafa El-Amin, Masjid Ibrahim in Newark, <melamin43@aol.com> (973) 923 3426
James Sues, CAIR New Jersey, jSues@cair.com, (908)267.3119
Ken Abuassab, American Arab Civic Org,kaacivico@aol.com, (973) 698-3400
Ozair Omarzai, Muslim Community of New Jersey, (732)887-5566

List of Organizations Supporting the Statement

Ahlul-Bayt Student Association Majilus Ashurah of Essex and Union County
Al Hoda Islamic Center – Jersey City Muslim American Society
Altawheed Center, Masjid Al-Wali – Edison
American Arab Civic Org Masjid Ibrahim
American Coolition for Good Govt. Masjid-e-Ali
American Muslim Council PAC Masjidullah Inc. Plainfield
American Muslim Union Mehfile Shahe Khorasan / Sultan Karamali
American Muslims for Democracy Message of peace Inc/ patan-e- Aman
American Muslims for Hunger Relief Mohammadia English Program
American Muslims for Palestine, AMP Mulsims4peace.org
Anjumane Nawjawanane Ali Akber Muslim Center of Middlesex County
Bayonne Islamic Center Muslim Community Center Union County
Bayonne Muslims Muslim Community of New Jersey
Baytul-Iman Academy Muslim League of Voters of NJ
Bergen County Islamic Center MUSLIM Society of Ridgewood
CAIR – NJ New Business Islamic Center
Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University New Africa Educational Inst.
Dar ul Islam New Africa Excellence Enterprise LLC
Elizabeth Islamic Center – Midland Park New Jersey Muslim Lawyer’s Association
Elzahara Islamic Center New Jersey Muslim Voters Project
EMERGE – USA NJ Sisterhood
Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ) Muslim Students Association of NJIT
Helping Hand for Relief and Development North Hudson Islamic Educational Center
HUDSON COUNTY MOSLIM ASSOCIATIONS Plainfield Center for Islamic Enlightenment
Islamic Center of Olde Bridge Sadaqa House Inc
Inspiring American Muslim Youth Shia Assn Of North America,  Baitul Qaem.
Islamic Center of East Brunswick SMILE
Islamic Center of Jersey City standwithdignity.org
Islamic Center of Morris County Swasia Charity Foundation
Islamic Center of Passaic County The Building Blocks of NJ
Islamic Center of South River The Citizens Foundation
Islamic Center of Union County The Indigo GLOW Foundation
Islamic Circle of North America The Muslim Network
Islamic Council of Hudson County The New Guidance Center
Islamic Counsel of Hudson County World Islamic Committee on Scouting
Islamic Cultural Center New Brunswick Islamic Center
Islamic Relief USA Islamic Center of Old Bridge
Islamic Society of Basking Ridge Green Muslims of New Jersey
Islamic Society of Central Jersey Palestinian American Community Center
Islamic Society of Essex County Turkish Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Madinah Cultural Center -Kearny Tri State Imams Council