Columbus Muslim Leader Mourns New Zealand Mosque Attack

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March 15, 2018

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Columbus Muslim Leader Mourns New Zealand Mosque Attack

 

Washington, D.C. -- Two mosques were attacked in New Zealand by a white supremacist terrorist. Forty-nine people were killed, and a suspect is in custody. Faith leaders across the world are condemning the attack.

 

Imam Horsed Noah, Director of Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center:

 

“Hate speech and Islamophobia have produced this terrorist slaughtering Muslims in a mosque during Friday worship. In his hate-filled ‘manifesto,’ he rants against Muslims being ‘foreign invaders’ trying to overtake white people. He executed people point-blank. He went back to his car, switched rifles, returned and continued. This is where Islamophobia inevitably leads. It cannot hide under ‘freedom of speech’ when it perpetuates and promotes hate, violence, discrimination and MURDER!

 

As an Imam, it tears me apart when a member of my congregation calls me and ask if it is safe to come to the mosque and pray. They shouldn’t have to live in fear of praying in their own mosque.

 

Today should be a day of prayers, mourning and reflections for people of all faiths worldwide. We call on our civic and religious leaders, and allies of all kinds, to join in countering Islamophobia, racism and bigotry in all its forms and embark anew on building an inclusive, welcoming and peaceful future.”

 

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