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In This Issue

– Shia Muslim Council of Southern California Statement on Orlando Shooting
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
In the Name of Allah, the Benificent, the Merciful
We Condemn the Killings in Orlando

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

June 12, 2016

No words of condemnation of the horrific mass killings in Orlando, taking the lives of 50 and injuring many more, can possibly express the pain and anguish of all caring human beings of our Nation. We express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were mercilessly slain during this devastating event.

By way of this statement, The Shia Muslim Council of Southern California joins with all Americans in calling for the swift action to rid us of the evil of wanton mass killings. As we continue to come to grips with yet another tragedy of our time, we remind our fellow Americans that we all have an added responsibility to reach out to all our neighbors, school friends, and workmates, to reiterate the eternal truths of compassion and mercy embraced by all humanity through our respective faiths.

Together, we must send a clear message that those who kill our fellow citizens that such horrific acts are totally unacceptable. When human civilization adopts praiseworthy traits in their conduct such as truthfulness, honesty, consciousness, benevolence, and sense of justice it benefits all. Similarly, humans descend to their worst when, injustice, and intolerance become the misguiding principles.

The Shia Muslim Council of Southern California is an umbrella organization of 15 Shia Islamic centers in the southern California area. It was established on September 17, 2014. The current elected board members of the Shia Muslim Council are:

President: Imam Dr. Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini

Vice-President: Dr. Hasnain Walji

Secretary: Hajj Khalil Dewji

Treasurer: Hajj MehdiReza Hirji

Councilor: Dr. Fatima Hakkak

Councilor: Hajjah Fatma Saleh

Councilor: Sayed Asghar Rizvi

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