“In a world where various forms of modern tyranny seek to suppress religious freedom, or try to reduce it to a subculture without right to a voice in the public square or to use as a pretext for hatred and brutality, it is imperative that the followers of various religons join their voices in calling for peace tolerance and respect for the dignity and rights of others.”

-Pope Francis

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.