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Canada: Edmonton's Ahmadiyya Muslim community condemns Orlando attack


Men, women and children from the community met at the Al-Hadi Mosque at 7005 98 Ave. Friday afternoon to pass a resolution condemning the killing of innocent people in the name of Islam.

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By Ameya Charnalia | June 17, 2016

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Edmonton has condemned the massacre of 49 nightclub-goers in Orlando last week.

“Islam as a religion has nothing to do with the behaviour of individual people,” said Mohyuddin Mirza, outreach director of the local Ahmadiyya community. “There’s nothing in the holy Qur’an which promotes or even tries to create such behaviour.”

Men, women and children from the community met at the Al-Hadi Mosque at 7005 98 Ave. Friday afternoon to pass a resolution condemning the killing of innocent people in the name of Islam.

Omar Mateen stormed the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last weekend and gunned down dozens before being killed by a SWAT team Sunday. Reports later emerged that the 29-year-old called 911 to pledge loyalty to the Islamic State during the rampage.

“These acts of violence are carried by evil people and we strongly condemn such actions. This event is especially hurtful that it took place in the month of fasting, when Muslims in general focus on personal morals and achieving inner peace,” the Ahmadiyya community said in a statement.

Although the community is “always worried” about Islamophobic backlash in the wake of the attacks, Mirza said there have been no incidents.

“Our motto is, ‘Love for all, hatred for none,’ ” he said. “What is needed is that teaching our children, our young right at an early age, that religion — any religion, especially Islam — doesn’t allow this kind of behaviour.”

There are slightly fewer than 1,000 Ahmadiyya Muslims in Edmonton, Mirza said. Ahmadiyya is an Islamic religious movement founded in British India in the late 19th century.



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