July 16, 2015
Contact: Media Relations
Islamic Society of Central Florida
(855) 475-2699 x 3
The Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) condemns in the strongest terms the murderous attacks against the Marines and service personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims of these horrific murderous attacks. We pray for a speedy recovery for the injured and healing for the families of the victims.
The Quranic verse “Whoever killed a person without a legal reason, and/or to cause chaos on the earth, it is as if you’ve killed the whole of humanity. And if whoever saved one person, it is as if he saved all of humanity” clearly and indisputably signifies this act being against the tenants of Islam. The attacks conducted by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez were in clear contradiction to the above Quranic verse, and further anti-Islamic in nature as these crimes were carried out during the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is one of the holiest months dedicated to fasting to improve oneself by attaining forgiveness, compassion, community, and charity. This criminal clearly does not represent Islam nor Muslims.
All Muslims are urged to follow the Prophet Muhammad’s teaching and the examples he set as a ‘Mercy to Humankind’. The Quran and exemplary life of the Prophet Muhammad call on every Muslim to be the protector of all HUMAN life. Anything to the contrary is against the tenants of Islam.