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Interfaith Coalition of New Jersey Offers Condolences to Victims of the Queens New York Shooting

For Immediate Release – August 14, 2016

 

On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 120 organizations throughout New Jersey, we are deeply saddened at the cold blooded assassination yesterday of Imam Maulana Akonjee of the Al Furqan Jame Masjid in Queens New York and his assistant Mr. Thara Uddin who were wearing the traditional Muslim garments. 

In this time of loss, we join our Muslim brothers and sisters in offering the traditional Islamic prayer: Inna lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'un (2:156) "We surely belong to God and to Him we shall return” and remember the biblical assurance that "all people belong to God" whose presence is with those "who lie down with the dead."  (Psalms 24:1 and 139:7)  

We offer our heartfelt condolences to members of the Al Furqan Jame Masjid as well as to the immediate families of the victims. We pray that God give them strength and patience to bear this tragic loss. We invite all mosques, churches, synagogues and other faith-based organizations to join us in this statement of solidarity with the AlFuqan Jame Masjid and to remember the victims in their prayer services.  Messages of condolence may be sent to Al Furaqan Jame Masjid, 76-18 Glenmore Ave #20, Queens, NY 11417 or posted it here: https://www.facebook.com/alfurqanjamemasjid/

We urge the NYPD to pursue the perpetrator of this heinous crime and investigate every motive, including hate, and bring the murderer to justice.
The list of organizations supporting this statement will be provided upon request.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the following contacts.

MuslimDr. M. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge 908-672-1798 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asghar (Alex) Kharazi, Masjid-e-Ali  732-735-3371 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jimmy Small (Salaam), Muslim League of Voters of NJ  973-580-4798  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Sues, CAIR-NJ 908.267.3119  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mahmood Alam, American Muslims for Democracy 732-874-3705 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Salaheddin Mustafa, Islamic Center of Passaic County 973-818-0313  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sameerah Diaab, Muslim League of Voters of NJ  908-531-9141 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof Raza Mir, Muslims for Peace, 732-754-9759, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jewish

Reb Deb Smith, Rabbi Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Community, (908) 303-8374 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, Temple Beth El,  908-616-6995  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alan Respler. Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-4944, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Henry Maurer, Catholic Jewish Commission, 856-667-7285, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Snyder, Jewish Community Relations Council of So. NJ, 856-673-2524, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christian

Sharon Culley, Somerset Presbyterian Church,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.David Jahnke, Fanwood Presbyterian Church, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  (908) 889-8891

Patricia Sandrow, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-6059, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Joseph Wallace, Catholic Jewish Commission, 609-522-2709, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interfaith Advocates & Others

Joe Ritacco, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 732-739-5282, the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, Monmouth County

Farhat Biviji, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-428-5867, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Zahida Rahman, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-784-2738, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

NJ Interfaith Coalition Condemns ISIS Inspired Attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany and France

For Immediate Release – July 27, 2016

On behalf of a broad multi-faith coalition of more than 120 organizations throughout New Jersey, we strongly condemn the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 80 and injured 200 civilians as ISIS suicide bombers targeted peaceful protest by Hazaras, the largest minority community in Afghanistan.  This was one of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan since 2001.

We also mourn the loss of at least 18 lives and 23 others who sustained injuries in a powerful explosion in Diyala, Iraq on Monday, July 25th.  Also, at least 662 Iraqis have been killed just in June.

Further, we cannot forget the victims of the Ansbach (Germany) suicide bomber who had pledged allegiance to ISIS and the latest heinous attack by ISIS sympathizers resulting in the brutal murder of a priest during Church services in France. It is important to note that the vast majority of the victims of ISIS and other terrorist attacks are Muslims.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of terrorism everywhere. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and ask God to give them strength, patience, comfort and hope through this difficult time. We commit to come together to help stop the killings everywhere!

We invite all mosques, churches, synagogues and other faith-based organizations to join us in this statement and work together to find more effective ways to help combat the causes of terror.

The list of organizations supporting this statement will be provided upon request. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the following contacts.

Muslim

Dr. M. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge 908-672-1798 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asghar (Alex) Kharazi, Masjid-e-Ali  732-735-3371 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jimmy Small (Salaam), Muslim League of Voters of NJ  973-580-4798  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

James Sues, CAIR-NJ 908.267.3119  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mahmood Alam, American Muslims for Democracy 732-874-3705 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Salaheddin Mustafa, Islamic Center of Passaic County 973-818-0313  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sameerah Diaab, Muslim League of Voters of NJ  908-531-9141 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Jewish

Reb Deb Smith, Rabbi Or Ha Lev Jewish Renewal Community, (908) 303-8374 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, Temple Beth El,  908-616-6995  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alan Respler. Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-4944, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Henry Maurer, Catholic Jewish Commission, 856-667-7285, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Snyder, Jewish Community Relations Council of So. NJ, 856-673-2524, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Christian

Sharon Culley, Somerset Presbyterian Church,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Jahnke, Fanwood Presbyterian Church, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patricia Sandrow, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-424-6059, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fr. Joseph Wallace, Catholic Jewish Commission, 609-522-2709, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Interfaith Advocates & Others

Joe Ritacco, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.732-739-5282, the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, Monmouth County

Farhat Biviji, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-428-5867, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Zahida Rahman, Jewish Catholic Muslim Dialogue of So. NJ, 856-784-2738, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich's Call to 'Test' and Deport American Muslims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CAIR Condemns Terror Attack in France, Newt Gingrich's Call to 'Test' and Deport American Muslims

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the terror attack in France that killed at least 80 people, and also condemned a suggestion by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who responded to the attack by calling for Inquisition-style religious "testing" and possible deportation of "every person here who is of a Muslim background."

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