CMRM Condemns Orlando Killings as Homophobic

CMRM Condemns Orlando Killings as Homophobic

OrlandoStrong-660x330PRESS STATEMENT – 13 JUNE 2016
CMRM Condemns Orlando Killings as Homophobic
On behalf of the Claremont Main Road Mosque, we would like to express our shock, sorrow, and complete condemnation of the murder of 51 people and the maiming of more than 53 in Orlando, Florida. Especially during this sacred month of Ramadan, a time of deep spirituality, compassion, self-discipline, and generosity, we are horrified by this atrocity seemingly motivated by homophobic hate.
As Muslims, we reiterate that the sanctity of human life is supreme in Islam and there can be no justification for the killing of innocent human beings. The Glorious Qur’an is replete with references concerning the sacredness of human life (Q6:151; Q17:33; Q25:68). For example, in the Qur’an, in chapter 5 verse 32, God, the Lord of Compassionate Justice proclaims:
“Whoever kills one innocent human being it is as if he has killed all of humankind,
And whoever saves one human life it is as if he has saved all of humankind.”
Our unequivocal commitment to positive peace and compassionate justice behoves us to defend the rights of all human beings, irrespective of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation, to live life in peace and with dignity. While racism unjustly discriminates against people on the basis of their skin colour, homophobia unjustly discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. Just like racism and religious extremism, homophobia has no place in Islam. We condemn in the strongest terms all forms of homophobic hate crimes, and the tragedy of Orlando bears all the hallmarks of a hate crime against the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-sexual) community of Florida.
Moreover, this tragedy is yet another unfortunate manifestation of the liberal gun control laws in the United orlandoStates of America that allows easy access to guns for any person of sane mind or not, intent on avenging personal grudges or giving expression to their personal grievances. The allegation that the perpetrator pledged allegiance to ISIS serves as a distraction from accounts that the gunman had previously shown signs of mental instability and violent intolerance of homosexual people. We call for the banning of access to guns by ordinary citizens in the US and elsewhere.
We feel the pain of the families who have lost their loved ones. As conscientious Muslims, we must, however, translate our pain into solidarity with each other in our common struggle against the scourge of violence in all forms, whether it is gender-based violence, homophobic violence, religious sectarian violence, racist violence or state violence. We can only do this through civic engagement, coalition building, as well as mitigating the root causes of this senseless violence. Let us use our pain to promote a comprehensive understanding of Islam that is centered on inclusion, justice, dignity and equality.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the injured and the LGBT community during this time of immense sadness.
SIGNED: Jaamia Galant (Secretary) and Imam Dr. Rashied Omar, OBO CMRM Board of Governors

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