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Statement on Orlando Shooting

Condemnation June 12, 2016

The Islamic Society of Milwaukee denounces the horrific acts of the Orlando shooter whose heinous crimes have nothing to do with our community or faith. The shooter’s ex-wife, father and others have described the shooter as being not religious and mentally unstable. This monstrous act must be condemned by all who value human life and dignity.

The ISM offers its deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prays for quick recovery for those who were injured. The Islamic Society of Milwaukee has always stood firm against all forms of violence by any group regardless of religious affiliation, creed, color, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.

We hold firm to the Islamic verse found in the Qur’an, the Muslim scripture, that equates the murder of one individual with the killing of all humanity. Our community vehemently refuses to be involuntarily represented by an immoral individual who ruthlessly took the lives of dozens of innocent people.

In the same week that we honored and mourned Muhammad Ali, who was inspired by the peace and common humanity found in the Muslim faith, we mourn victims of an individual who completely violated the most basic principle of Islam.

The ISM implores the Muslim community in Orlando, Florida and nationwide to step forward and donate blood. We also ask the Muslim community to reach out to the victims and their families and offer them assistance.


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