We at WISE express our immense grief at the tragic mass shooting which took the lives of 49 innocent people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida this past weekend. Such a horrendous act of violence has never and will never be justified in Islam, which sanctifies human life and confers dignity on all humans regardless of race, religion, creed or sexual orientation. We, as Muslims and as Americans, are duty-bound to reject all forms of hatred and bigotry, especially against members of fellow vulnerable communities, such as the LGBTQ community.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims' families, and pray for the wounded - that they may heal quickly and return to their loved ones. We stand in solidarity with the people of Orlando, and especially with the LGBTQ community, which has stood up for and supported Muslims in the past.
Let us rise together from this tragedy to defeat the disease of hatred, and work positively to create a more just and peaceful world for all.