Canadian Muslim leaders have issued strong condemnations of yesterday’s mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
“This horrific tragedy is heartbreaking. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims of this senseless act, and to their families and friends,” said National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee. “Hate hurts us all. As Canadians, we stand united against violence and discrimination against any human being – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any other factor.
“The NCCM has stood shoulder to shoulder with Canadians from various diverse communities, including with the LGBTQ community, to condemn hate and violence which targets anyone. We will continue to stand firmly with our fellow citizens in condemning all such hate and violence.”
Fifty people have so far been reported killed and 53 others were wounded in what is described as the most deadly mass shooting in the U.S.
“The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) strongly condemns the mass shooting in Orlando this morning,” stated the Imams Council in a press release. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families. We applaud the efforts of first responders in treating the wounded and injured and call on authorities to bring any one involved in this terrible crime to justice.”
“We strongly condemn the random killing of innocent victims based on their sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity or culture,” said Samer Majzoub, President of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF).
“The inhuman act of terror does not represent Islam or Muslims. Islam is represented by its noble people, its human values and respect for diversity,” added Mr. Majzoub.
Meanwhile, mosques are cautioning worshippers to be vigilant fearing a backlash as a result of the mass shooting and many institutions are beefing up their security.
The incident comes as Muslims are observing Ramadan, the month of fasting.
Mosques are filled every night during the month and many Muslims were apprehensive last evening as they arrived for the nightly prayers.