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Statement from The Islamic Society of North America

The Islamic Society of North America

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) condemns the recent spate of murders in Albuquerque, New Mexico, involving the deaths of four Muslim men of South Asian descent. We welcome the arrest of Mohammad Syed, who, according to law enforcement, may be linked to two of the killings, and we hope the information about the other two murders will be forthcoming. Police have said that Muhammad Syed appears to have attacked at least two of the victims out of anti-Shia hatred, and we strongly condemn that. We are deeply saddened and appalled to learn that the suspect was hatefully targeting members of the Shia community. Anti-Shia violence goes against the basic teachings of Islam. Sunni and Shia Muslims have a long history of unity, collaboration; living, working, and praying together. Both Sunni and Shia communities are Muslims and follow the religion of Islam, and are brothers and sisters to each other. Our community stands united in condemning these heinous murders. We are all united as Sunni’s & Shia’s and stand together against all forms of divisions & sectarianism.

As we await further details, ISNA stands in deep solidarity with the victims, their families, and the Muslim community in Albuquerque. We thank New Mexico law enforcement for their efforts and ongoing investigation into these heinous crimes. We also thank local residents for the outpouring of support they have shown to the Muslim community, and we reiterate our stance against any and all types of hatred, bigotry, and racism.

May the coming days bring much-needed peace, security, and well-being to our brothers and sisters in Albuquerque. Our hearts and prayers are with them.

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