—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2017) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), condemns the bombings in Egypt of two Coptic Christian Churches that killed at least 44 people as reprehensible. The attacks came during the services of the Coptic holiday of Palm Sunday.
The attacks that were claimed by the terror group ISIS, goes against all that Islamic injunctions including establishing the safety and security of religious minorities in Muslim majority communities.
ICNA offers its deepest sympathies to the victims of these dastardly attacks and the people of Egypt.
ICNA also calls on the Egyptian authorities to conduct immediate and transparent investigation of the incidents and work to bring security and justice to the religious minorities in Egypt.
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!