(South Plainfield, NJ - 6/12/16) - The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today joined the Muslim community of New Jersey to condemn the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left at least 50 people dead and more injured.
“Horrific acts of violence like this have absolutely no justification.” said Jim Sues, Executive Director of the New Jersey Chapter of CAIR. “The Muslims of New Jersey have come together to issue a joint statement of solidarity with their fellow Americans in condemning the horrible mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.”
The joint statement issued by the Muslims of New Jersey:
“On behalf of the Muslims of New Jersey, we would like to express our profound shock, sorrow, and condemnation of the murder of 50 innocent people and injuring of another 53 victims in Orlando, Florida. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the families of the deceased and the injured.
“Muslims of New Jersey wish to offer heartfelt condolences for the victims and their families whose loved ones have been taken so tragically. This deranged criminal individual does not represent Islam or Muslims in any sense. We as American Muslims condemn this worst act of mass murder in U.S. history in the strongest possible terms.
“As the Qur’an states, “Whoever kills a person, it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an 5:32)
“We reject the hate and anger that leads to this kind of acts of violence.
As Americans, we reiterate our commitment to peace, safety, and security of our nation, as well as our solidarity with fellow Americans. We pray for the safety and security for all Americans.”
CAIR-NJ is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.