MSA National Statement on Mass Shooting in Orlando
The Muslim Students Association of North America is horrified by the heinous mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, which claimed 50 innocent lives while injuring another 53. We send our deepest condolences to the victims and families of this senseless tragedy.
We offer our support to the LGBTQ community in condemning this violent hate crime as an act of homophobia that will not be tolerated. All human beings deserve the right to live their lives without fear of being targeted because of who they are. As Muslims, our experience with Islamophobia and hate crimes reinforces our commitment to utterly reject all forms of hate and prejudice. The LGBTQ community has stood in solidarity with the American Muslim community in challenging Islamophobia, on college campuses and beyond, and today we stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
Our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said: "Have mercy to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens (God) will have mercy upon you."
And the Quran teaches to "Repel evil by that which is better" (41:34).
Take action to help the victims and their families:
- In this holy month of Ramadan, we ask everyone to offer their prayers for the victims and their families, as well as for unity, peace and compassion globally.
- For those living in Florida, we urge you to donate blood to help the injured.
- Please make a donation to support the victims' families.
If you are in need emotional support, seek out your college’s counseling services or call the Amala Hopeline at 855-952-6252 (hours of operation available on their website).