A coalition of almost 100 Muslim organizations in New Jersey are condemned recent terrorist attacks around the world.
In a statement, it slammed the recent hostage situation at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 1, that killed 20 people, including two police officers and one American; a suicide truck bombing that killed more than 200 people in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 3; and a suicide bombing outside of the mosque where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is buried in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on July 4, that killed four guards and injured five others.
The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group took responsibility for all of the attacks, which occurred at the end of Ramadan, one of the holiest times of year for Muslims.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and the injured and the victims of all these attacks on humanity around the world. It is obvious that terrorism coming from any source knows no borders and humanity is the victim of this ominous phenomenon. Ironically, the vast majority of the victims of these attacks are Muslims,” the statement dated July 4 read, according to gmnews.com.
“The terrorists who continue to perpetrate these heinous crimes against humanity know no religion. They represent nothing more than a deviant and evil death cult bent on sowing discord amongst the civilized world and people from all backgrounds. All the faiths we represent call for peace, mercy, love, tolerance and helping the needy.
“We appreciate the strong support of faith leaders coming from many diverse traditions. We wish to affirm our common humanity, denounce all violence perpetrated in the name of any faith and reject any attempts by anyone to divide us. We cannot let terror, violence and hate exceed the love we have for each other,” the statement said.
The organizations include Ahlul-Bayt Student Association, Al Hoda Islamic Center, Al Tawheed Islamic Center, American Arab Civic Org, American Coalition for Good Government, American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council PAC, American Muslim Union, American Muslims for Democracy, and American Muslims for Hunger Relief.
The coalition issued a similar statement after the terrorist attack by suicide bombers at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey on June 28 that took the lives of 41 people and injured 239. The coalition had urged all mosques and Islamic Centers to organize candlelight vigils for the victims, including a Vigil for Peace on June 29 and one on June 30 at Masjid-e-Ali in Franklin Township.