Muslim Groups Condemn San Bernardino Killings


Reproduced below are messages received from various Muslim groups condemning the San Bernardino shooting:

The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California joins the nation in condemning the senseless violence and mourn the loss of innocent lives in yet another mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino. 

We extend our sympathies and prayers to those who were senselessly killed and ask the Most Compassionate God to grant full recovery to the injured and bless them with patience and strength.
Earlier at a   press conference , the chairman of the Shura Council, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi said that "we condemn the horrible violence in San Bernardino and stand in solidarity with the victims and the survivors."
Shura Council appreciates the support from all its interfaith partners and civic groups and reaffirms its commitment to work together for the common and the greater good.   

The Islamic Circle of North America is appalled at today’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Our condolences and thoughts are with the families of the victims of this senseless shooting and we pray for the speedy recovery of those that are wounded.
Once again we hope for peace and stability in our society and we thank our law enforcement agencies for the quick response in stopping any further violence.

As the investigations are still ongoing, we remind the American Muslim community to be extra vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious activity to the law enforcement agencies.

ICNA also supports President Obama’s call for “common sense gun safety laws” to end these senseless shootings plaguing our nation.

“ And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.” Qur'an (28:77

UMAA condemns California attacks, urges calm: UMAA Thursday issued a press statement in which it condemned the violent attacks in San Bernardino, CA.

UMAA Advocacy Director Rahat Husain said, "This is an attack on every American,  Muslim and non-Muslim alike.  We can't let incidents like this fracture the close knit bonds that have developed in this country between the American Muslim community and our neighbors and fellow Americans, because that's exactly what America's enemies want. Creating a culture of fear and distrust is their goal."
UMAA urges calm in light of the attacks, and recommends Muslims take common sense safety measures to protect themselves against violent reprisals.

The Council of Pakistan American Affairs (COPAA) condemns the barbaric mass shooting that occurred on Wednesday December 2nd, 2015 in San Bernardino, California at the Inland Regional Center. COPAA extends its deepest condolences to the victims, their families, and all those affected by this tragedy. 

Whether this was a matter of "workplace violence" or "extremist ideology," what transpired was horrendous and unequivocally unjustifiable. It is evident that now, more than ever, we must work together to counter extremism. Our heavy hearts are with the families of the victims. 

Ar-Rahman Islamic Center: The ARIC community condemns the tragic San Bernardino shootings and violence that killed 14 people and left many injured.

We stand in solidarity with our fellow Americans as we mourn the loss of innocent lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council: AMWEC is deeply saddened by the heart-wrenching tragedy in San Bernardino. Our hearts bleed for the victims of this heinous crime against humanity.

Just as we condemn violence and stand against killings, we hope this will not add to overreactions and generalization against the majority of Muslim Americans who are against violence. 

As Muslim Americans we are working to build better and stronger partnerships with our interfaith friends and engage more in civic duty and work with law enforcement. We are urging mosques to open their doors so we are inclusive. Moreover, we are encouraging Muslims to speak up against violence. We encourage you to join us in our voice against violence, extremism, and bigotry. 


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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