Local Muslim organisation condemns Orlando shootings

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 00:00

The Muslim Social and Cultural Foundation chaired by Inshan Ishmael, has joined in condemnation of the mass killings at a gay club in Orlando early Monday morning.

The organisation issued this statement on the matter:

"As the organiser of the largest events within the Muslim Community, we can attest to the importance of inclusion. In the holiest of Months for Muslims, one would expect that we should try and instill positive values which will impact on our lives and those around us. After all this month is about self restraint, not from only food but from ANY thought, action or deed which we consider wrong or questionable.

"It is also expected that lessons learnt this month will form part of our daily routine enabling us to receive the numerous benefits both in this life and the hereafter.. It is with this in mind that we wonder what would make any right thinking Muslim enter a public space and MURDER 49 individuals and seriously Injure over 50.

"But then again, based on News reports, this was NO RIGHT THINKING MUSLIM, in fact, this was NO RIGHT THINKING HUMAN! NO MUSLIM, I REPEAT NO MUSLIM has the authority through our scripture and teachings to HURT one single innocent Human Being.. In fact even in times of war we cannot even cut a tree, such is the love we must have for even our environment.

"Maybe an elderly Muslim woman was assisted by one of the victims the day before, maybe a Muslim patient was treated by one of the victims who was a nurse or maybe even a Muslim was able to feed his family because one of the victims was his boss... Is this the reward for those victims? The list goes on and on and all we can do is pray for sanity to prevail..

"There is NO compulsion in religion, Humans are given the FREEDOM to do as they please, then they will be judged by GOD, NOT MAN.. It is clear in Islam and other Faiths that the LBGT lifestyle is NOT condoned or promoted, but under NO circumstances are we allowed to MURDER or cause HURT based on this.

"On behalf of our members and wider Muslim Community, we join with the rest of the world in offering condolences to the families. We stand as one, united against any form of terror, whether BY Muslims or AGAINST Muslims...

§7: “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…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)

Inshan Ishmael Chairman"

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