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Statewide Coalition NJ Muslims Condemns the Terrorist Attack at Istanbul Airport

For Immediate Release - June 30, 2016

On behalf of a broad spectrum of more than 85 Muslim organizations in New Jersey, we join all the people of good conscience in the world and categorically condemn the terrorist attack by suicide bombers at Istanbul Airport that took the lives of 41 innocent people and injured another 239.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and the injured and the victims of all the terrorist attacks around the world.  It is obvious now that extremism and terrorism knows no borders and humanity is the victim of this ominous phenomenon. 

The terrorists who continue to perpetrate these heinous crimes against humanity know no religion. They represent nothing more than a deviant and evil death cult bent on sawing discord amongst the civilized world and people from all backgrounds.

The suicide terrorists who carried out this horrendous attack on innocent travelers do not represent Islam or Muslims in any sense. The Islam we know and practice calls for peace, mercy, love, tolerance and helping others.

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)  Further, in the Qur’an, God commands, “… do not kill yourselves, for, behold, God is indeed a dispenser of grace to you.” (An-Nisa 4:29) and “…Take not life, which God hath made sacred," (al-An'am 6:151).

The Coalition urges all mosques and Islamic Centers to organize candle light vigils for the victims of this terrorist bombing as soon as possible. Such a vigil was held by Muslims for Peace on Wednesday evening, June 29th. Masjid-e-Ali will hold a candle light vigil at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30th at 47 Cedar Grove Lane to remember the victims of this tragedy and pray for peace, unity, tolerance, and love.

The Coalition also encourages mosques to remember the Istanbul victims during Friday Jumma prayers this week as deemed appropriate by each mosque, including Salatul Janaza Ghayb.

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

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

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

Imam Mustafa El-Amin, Masjid Ibrahim in Newark, <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(973) 923 3426

James Sues, CAIR New Jersey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (908)267.3119

Ken Abuassab, American Arab Civic Org,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (973) 698-3400

Ozair Omarzai, Muslim Community of New Jersey, (732)887-5566

Prof Raza Mir, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

See page 2 for a list of the organizations supporting this statement.

List of Organizations Supporting the Statement


Ahlul-Bayt Student Association                                      

Al Hoda Islamic Center - Jersey City                                             

Altawheed Center                                               

American Arab Civic Org                                  

American Coalition for Good Government                                   

American Muslim Alliance - NJ                                       

American Muslim Council PAC                                      

American Muslim Union                                   

American Muslims for Democracy                                 

American Muslims for Hunger Relief                                             

American Muslims for Palestine, AMP                                          

Anjumane Nawjawanane Ali Akber              

Bayonne Islamic Center                                   

Bayonne Muslims                                              

Baytul-Iman Academy                                     

Bergen County Islamic Center                                        

CAIR - NJ                                                            

Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals                                             

Dar ul Islam                                         

Elizabeth Islamic Center - Midland Park                                       

Elzahara Islamic Center                                   

EMERGE - USA                                 

Green Muslims of New Jersey (GMNJ)                           

Helping Hand for Relief and Development                                  

Hudson County Moslim Associations                                            

Inspiring American Muslim Youth                                  

Institute of Islamic Studies                                               

Islamic Center of East Brunswick                                   

Islamic Center of Jersey City                                           

Islamic Center of Morris County                                    

Islamic Center of Old Bridge            

Islamic Center of Passaic County                                   

Islamic Center of South River                                         

Islamic Center of Union County                                     

Islamic Circle of North America      

Islamic Council of Hudson County

Islamic Council on Scouting of North America                                            

Islamic Cultural Center                                     

Islamic Relief USA                                             

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge                                   

Islamic Society of Central Jersey                                    

Islamic Society of Essex County                                    

Madinah Cultural Center -Kearny                                  

Majilus Ashurah of Essex and Union County                                              

Masjid Al-Wali - Edison                                    

Masjid Ibrahim                                   

Masjid-e-Ali ( MFI)                                            

Masjidullah Inc. Plainfield               

Masjid Waarith ud Deen, Irvington                                

Mehfile Shahe Khorasan / Sultan Karamali                                 

Message of peace Inc/ patan-e- Aman                                          

Mohammadia English Program                                      

Muslim American Society                                

Muslim Center of Middlesex County                                             

Muslim Community Center Union County                                   

Muslim Community of New Jersey                                

Muslim League of Voters of NJ                                       

Muslim Society of Ridgewood                                         

Muslim Students Association of NJIT                                                                                

New Africa Educational Inst.                                           

New Africa Excellence Enterprise LLC                                          

New Business Islamic Center                                           

New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association                                      

New Jersey Muslim Voters Project                                  

NJ Sisterhood                                      

North Hudson Islamic Educational Center                                   

Palestinian American Community Center                                     

Plainfield Center for Islamic Enlightenment                                 

Sadaqa House Inc.

Shia American Relationship Council (SARC)
Shia Assn Of North America, Baitul Qaem.                                  


Swasia Charity Foundation                                              

The Building Blocks of NJ                                

The Citizens Foundation                                   

The Indigo GLOW Foundation                                        

The Muslim Network                                         

The New Guidance Center                                

Tri State Imams Council                                   

Turkish Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry                                    

Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA)                                   

World Islamic Committee on Scouting                                          

Zanabia New Jersey

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