South Florida Muslims Stand in Solidarity with the victims in Christchurch, New Zealand

South Florida Muslims Stand in Solidarity with the victims in Christchurch, New Zealand

(Miami, FL, 03/15/2019) – The South Florida Muslim Federation announces today on behalf of its members our solidarity and shared grief with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand. Our hearts go out to the families and victims of this horrific act of terrorism and we pray to God to bring them ease during this difficult time.

Authorities have reported at least 49 people were killed in the deadly attacks at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, a city of nearly 400,000 people on New Zealand’s South Island. The gunman massacred worshipers as they were gathered for Friday prayers with a semi-automatic firearm.

“Every Friday our community stands together in congregation to worship God and reflect on our lives. I can’t imagine the horror the Muslims faced while they were standing in prayer, focused on God only to be mowed down by a cold-blooded murder with a semi-automatic weapon. The South Florida Muslim Community mourns this tragedy and we all offer our prayers to the victims and their families,” says Nezar HamzeExecutive Director of the South Florida Muslim Federation. 

Khurrum Wahid, Emgage USA National Chairperson and local South Florida Attorney said, “ I am an advocate for ending the divisive hatred we see in our communities. As Parkland Mayor Hunschofsky shared this morning, New Zealand has a special connection to Parkland and Coral Springs, as MSD students traveled to Christchurch last summer and also hosted students from University of Canterbury later in the year. We must continue to work together to end tragedies like this.”

The South Florida Muslim Community is very appreciative of our interfaith partners and social justice organizations that have reached out to share their solidarity with us.

The South Florida Muslim Federation sent out a statewide SECURITY ALERT yesterday asking the leadership of the Muslim community to reach out to local law enforcement and ask for more police presence during today’s prayers services. Also, to have volunteers outside greeting the worshipers as they arrive to keep an eye out for anyone or anything suspicious and immediately report it to 911.

Media Contact:

Nezar Hamze, Executive Director, The South Florida Muslim Federation,

Email:nhamze@soflomuslims.com, Phone:954-673-9459

Khurrum Wahid, Emgage National Chair, Local Attorney

Email: khurrum@wvmlawfirm.com , Phone:305-310-0681

*The South Florida Muslim Federation is an umbrella of 30 Muslim Organizations based in South Florida. (see www.soflomuslims.com/about). Below is the full list of organizations:

Masjid Al-Amin

AMANA

Masjid Baitul Mukarram

Basmah

CAIR Florida

Council of Islamic Schools of South Florida

Darul Uloom Institute

Dawah Islam

Emgage

Friends of Humanity

Helping Hands Relief

Islamic Center of Broward

Islamic Center of Boca Raton

Islamic Center of Weston

Islamic Circle of North America Relief

Islamic Center of South Florida

Islamic Foundation of South Florida

Islamic Jafferia Association

Islamic Relief

Islamic School of Miami

Masjid Al-Ansar

Masjid Al-Hijrah

Masjid Ihsan

Muslim Communities Association

Masjid Jamaat Al’Mu-mineen

MAS of South Florida

Muslim Women’s Organization of South Florida

Nur Ul Islam

South Florida Young Muslims Professionals

Youth Coalition of South Florida

Young Muslims

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