Letter of Condemnation of the San Bernardino Killings
TO: All Community Members
Al-Ghadeer Benevolent Foundation of North Bergen, NJ strongly condemns the barbaric killings by the extremists who attacked and killed the innocent civilians at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The shooting in San Bernardino was the 355th mass shooting in the US this year - or more than one per day on average so far in 2015 - according to groups monitoring such attacks in recent years.
The perpetrators of this heinous crime and other extremists who belong to various groups that claim to be Muslims are in fact misrepresenting the religion of Islam. Their actions have no place in Islam and are contradictory to the teachings of this religion. The Almighty God has said in the Holy Quran, “That whoever kills a soul – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves a life – it is as if he had saved the entire mankind.” [5:32]
We urge the audience not to jump to conclusions and create a back lash on the peace loving Muslim community. An action of one or two individuals should not be used to condemn an entire race, religion, or a community. We condemn the process of radicalizing the young and the innocent with twisted ideology that in no way reflects the ideology and the true teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SA).
In the words of the Almighty God, “O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things).” [Quran, 49:13]
The community of Al-Ghadeer Benevolent Foundation condemns all sorts of violent acts, which are unhuman and must not be tolerated. Al-Ghadeer Islamic Center stands in solidarity with the families who have lost their loved ones during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Public Relations of Al-Ghadeer Center
Sr Hanadi Fardos
Sr Jerrmein Abu Shahba