Lankan Muslims decry Auckland attack | Sunday Observer

Lankan Muslims decry Auckland attack

5 September, 2021

The Sri Lankan Muslim community has condemned the Auckland attack involving a Sri Lankan man.

Issuing a joint statement, Sri Lankan Muslim organisations said they are shocked and saddened to hear about the terrorist attack.

The full statement signed by 22 Muslim associations’ states,

We are shocked and saddened to hear about the terrorist attack carried out in Auckland by a person of Sri Lankan origin living in New Zealand. On behalf of all Sri Lankans, and Sri Lankan Muslim community in particular, we unequivocally condemn this senseless and terrible act of violence.

We also concur with the statement by Jacinda Arden, Prime Minister of New Zealand, that hate crimes and acts of violent extremism are not, and must not be, associated with any nationality, ethnicity, culture or religion.

We express our solidarity with the people of New Zealand at this moment of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“Whoever kills an innocent life it is as if he has killed all of humanity… And whoever saves a life it is as though he had saved the lives of all mankind” (Holy Quran 5:32)

The Signatories included, All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), All Ceylon Union of Muslim League Youth Front (ACUMLUF), All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Anjuman E Saifi (Sri Lanka) Trust Dawoodi Bohras, Association of Muslim Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Memon Association of Sri Lanka (MASL), Moors Islamic Cultural Home (MICH) and Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL).