—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (December 17, 2012) – Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) joins with our fellow Americans in grieving for those who died in the senseless tragedy and praying for them and their families. We ask God to grant special status to those who passed away and grant their families endurance in these very difficult moments.
“You are not alone in your grief. Our world has also been torn apart”. In these moments of sorrow and grief, we would like to assure the families who lost a loved one that we have wept with them on this tragedy. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families who lost a loved one in this massacre.
In the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, God says, “Give glad tidings to those who endure with patience; who, when afflicted with calamity, say: ‘We belong to God and to Him we shall return.’ Such are the people on whom there are blessings and Mercy from God.” (2:155-157)
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