إنّا لله وإنّا إليه راجعون
To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return
Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun (from God we come and to Him we return). Our thoughts and duas (prayers) are with you and all Muslims in New Zealand at this most difficult time. May Allah (God) grant the deceased paradise, ease the pain of their families and friends, and help the community deal with this terrible tragedy. Ameen.
We will be holding a janazah prayer in absentia for the victims after both jumaa prayers today as the communities in New Zealand are unable to do so at this time. You can donate to support the victims and their families here.
The Family and Youth Institute Grief Support Tool-Kit: Included are resources to help those in the midst of grief. It’s hard to know where to turn to for help, but it’s important to know that there are support and resources available.
The Islamic Center of Central Missouri and other Islamic organizations like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) today are mourning the deaths of 49 worshipers gunned down in terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during prayers on Friday, condemned the apparent anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that motivated the attacks and urged mosques in the United States and worldwide to step up security measures.
A man who claimed responsibility for the attacks left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he said he was a 28-year-old white Australian and a racist. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the attack was carried out "by an extremist right-wing violent terrorist” and media reports indicate that the manifesto posted before the attack includes anti-Muslim rhetoric.
The white supremacist author of the manifesto called himself a supporter of President Donald Trump, who he sees “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”
Authorities have detained four people and defused explosive devices following what appeared to be a carefully-planned terror attack.
Video of the attacks has been posted online. CAIR is asking that the video not be shared.
We also encourage you to seek out extra security precautions for our house of worship (ICCM) and to spread the word about the campaign to donate funds to the affected victims and families.
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