American Muslims Condemn the Mass Shooting in Orlando, Florida
Washington, DC, June 12, 2016 – The American Muslim Institution (AMI) is appalled and saddened by the loss of life of 50 fellow Americans in Orlando, Florida earlier today. We strongly condemn the mass shooting at a LGBT club in Orlando, killing 50 and injuring another 50 plus innocent people. As Americans, we mourn the loss of the lives of innocent men and women, and extend our heart-felt condolences to the families of the victims and the LGBT community.
No human has a right to take other’s life, as Islam’s holy book, the Quran, clearly 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.”
While the possible motive of this horrific crime is still being investigated, it is clear that it was a hate crime and an act of a terrorism, which must be condemned by all Americans. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
Violence in the name of religion or ideology has no place in a pluralistic society like ours, and we all have an obligation to work for one America, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.