—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
NEW YORK, NY (March 14, 2019) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) condemns the horrific terrorist attack a few hours ago at two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand causing the death of around 50 and wounding many more men, women and children.
According to media reports, at least two heavily armed gunmen clad in military-style gear opened fire for about 20 minutes at the two city mosques that had about 300 people in attendance for the Friday prayer services. Police has arrested four suspects.
ICNA offers prayers to the victims and their families during this difficult time. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden called “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
Media reports that the gunmen appeared to be white supremacists who were “avenging the invasion of Europe” by Muslims. This heinous massacre is a painful reminder of the extreme consequence of bigotry that is increasingly normalized in public discourses.
ICNA appeals to all in New Zealand and everywhere else to come together at this difficult time to stamp out the evil of Islamophobia and other hatred based on race and religion.
ICNA also urges the law enforcement to provide security to Muslim institutions and bring speedy justice to the victims.
10 Tips To Safeguard Your Mosque In The Era Of Anti-Muslim Bigotry by ICNA CSJ
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!