—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2017) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), is shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the violent tragedy that took place in Portland on Friday. ICNA offers its condolences to the victims and their families. Our profound gratitude is owed to those true heroes who bravely stepped forward to protect the young women who were being vehemently harassed.
ICNA also commends the local Muslim community for overwhelming show of support to the victims. Over half a Million dollars have been raised by Muslims in Oregon and across the country for the victims.
We express our hope that Portland remains a city where everyone feels safe in moving freely about a city that truly welcomes people of all cultures, faith traditions and walks of life.
ICNA appeals to the law enforcement to assign more resources to the rising wave of anti-minority crimes in the country since the last presidential elections. ICNA also appeals to the Department of Justice to streamline data collection on hate crimes nationwide.
To help the victims visit: https://www.launchgood.com/project/muslims_united_for_portland_heroes#/
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!