York Mosque Response to Orlando Shootings
Whoever kills a person … it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)
The killing of people in what they consider a place of safety is prohibited in Islam, and it does not matter whether or not Muslims generally agree or disagree with aspects of the victims’ beliefs or lifestyles
To seek, as some have done, to pre-empt the outcome of the criminal investigation by blaming the killings on the rumoured sexuality of the killer is as pointless and insulting as blaming the deaths on Islam.
In addition, as some Muslim commentators have stated about the Orlando killings, comments such as “Why must I issue an apology for something perpetrated by a mentally unstable person simply because his name is Omar?” seems to us an unhelpful failure to do what we are repeatedly required to do in the Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him), namely to condemn what is manifestly wrong, such as mass murder.
Apologising for the recent night club shootings in Orlando, for which the Muslim community of York has no responsibility is utterly meaningless. So instead we condemn the atrocity with as much conviction as we have for upholding the traditional doctrines of our faith.
Finally, as human beings who have experienced loss ourselves both personally and through the persecution of members of the global community to which we belong, we Muslims of the York Mosque & Islamic Centre pray that the relatives and friends of those killed may find comfort in their sorrow, and that this appalling crime will not be cynically exploited to incite further violence.