The Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission released the following statement after the terrorist attacks on the Muslim community in New Zealand:
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful,
“Who, when disaster strikes them, say, Indeed we belong to God, and indeed to Him we will return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” (Holy Quran)
The Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission sends its condolences and prayers to the families and community of the bereaved and injured from the heinous terror attacks carried out by far-right extremists in New Zealand.
Far-right extremists rampaged through Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 49 people and injuring several more.
In light of this tragedy, we would like to state the following points:
As such, we believe the ‘environment of hate’ that has been fostered by government policies, media, and extremist elements are responsible for the rise of anti-Muslim violence and ultimately the terror attacks in New Zealand.
In addition, the lack of security afforded to Muslim places of worship, whilst this continuous fuelling of hatred goes on, means that Muslims are clearly vulnerable targets for extremist attacks and are simply waiting for the next attack to happen.
AIM has mentioned this before but feels obliged to mention again, that without a serious change in policy, we believe that these types of hate crimes will continue thus leaving the Muslim community little choice but to create its own frameworks to assure the safety of Muslims.
Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission (AIM)
15th March 2019