Muslims condemn AME massacre

Condemnation on the attacks on the killing on Wednesday at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dylann Roof, 21, allegedly entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a weekly Bible study meeting and opened fire around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Eight people were found shot to death at the scene, police said. Two others were transported to a hospital, where one later died.

In a statement at the White House, President Barack Obama mourned the victims and lamented the steady stream of mass shootings he has had to address while in office. “Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” he said. “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other countries.”

“The only reason someone could walk into a church and shoot people praying is out of hate,” said Charleston Mayor Joe Riley at a news conference. “It is the most dastardly act that one could possibly imagine.” (The Huffington Post)

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other). Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things). Quran 49:13

Masjid-e-Ali (as) / MFI joins in the condemnation of the cowardly act of killing people who had gathered to study of the Bible in what is being termed as crime of hate.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The community at Masjid-e-Ali (as) condemns the killing in the strongest terms and stands in solidarity with the families who have lost their loved ones during this difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

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Monmouth Poll: Clinton crushing Christie; Christie in NJ GOP dogfight with Jeb Bush

Originally posted on New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gov. Chris Christie’s job ratings in New Jersey continue their post-Labor Day downward skid, according to this morning’s Monmouth University Poll.  Nearly two-thirds of Christie’s constituents say he is more concerned about his own political future than he is about the state, with increasing skepticism of the stated purpose for his recent foreign trips,. Christie went to England just this week.

New Jersey, which has voted Democratic in the last six presidential elections, feels Hillary Clinton would make a better president than Christie, according to the poll.  It may be more surprising that Christie does not have a clear advantage when he is pitted against GOP contender Jeb Bush, even among his fellow New Jersey Republicans.

When New Jerseyans are asked who would…

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