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(NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 16, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America severely condemns the senseless and brutal attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan which killed 141 individuals, 132 of them children, and injured 124 others.
This is one of the deadliest attacks in Pakistan’ history. The Tehreek-e-Taliban was quick to claim responsibility for the horrifyingly inhumane act.
“This is a despicable and cowardly act by the TTP. It goes against every human and Islamic value,’ said Naeem Baig, president of ICNA. “We demand that the government of Pakistan respond to this ignominious act with the relentless force of law, and hold the criminals to account.”
ICNA expresses its deepest sorrow and condolences to the families of the deceased and the wounded. It is a day of anguish and grief for the Pakistani people, who have been victim to more than fifteen terrorist attacks this year alone.
“Our hearts and sincere prayers are with the families and loved ones of the deceased and wounded. We ask Allah (swt) to give those passed away in these attacks the highest place in Jannah and give their families Sabr and patience (Ameen)” said Baig.
The inclusion of poor in our festivity must be done without which we cannot complete our service to Allah SWT. How many societies the poor is left out of the pie and the rich eats the entire pie. A few weeks ago, we celebrated Eid-ul Fitr. And on that Eid, we enjoy its virtues by giving the Zakaat-ul Fitr to the poor before we begin the Eid prayer. This Eid we have to complete its celebration by giving 1/3 of the meat to the poor and needy. As Allah SWT says: Then eat thereof and feed therewith the poor who have a very hard time. (22:28) EID MUBAARAK!