ISCC and MAT ex­press con­do­lence with the vic­tims of Los Ve­gas Mas­sacre

The Miracle - - Opinion - By: Imam Syed So­har­wardy

Ter­ror­ism in Los Ve­gas ISCC and MAT ex­press con­do­lence with the vic­tims of Los Ve­gas Mas­sacre (Cal­gary) The Is­lamic Supreme Coun­cil of Canada (ISCC) and Mus­lims Against Ter­ror­ism (MAT) are sad­dened by the loss of more than 58 lives and more than 500 in­jured peo­ple due to the mas­sacre in Los Ve­gas yes­ter­day. We are all sad and ex­press our sym­pa­thies with the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies. The Los Ve­gas shoot­ing was noth­ing but ter­ror­ism car­ried out by a home-grown ter­ror­ist whose colour of skin, re­li­gion, eth­nic­ity and place of wor­ship can­not be iden­ti­fied due to his non-Mus­lim na­ture. It is sad to see the de­lib­er­ate and ob­vi­ous hypocrisy of the law-en­force­ment agen­cies, gov­ern­ments and the me­dia. If a tragic in­ci­dent is car­ried out by a per­son who calls him­self Mus­lim and uses re­li­gion as a scape­goat for his/her crimes is al­ways iden­ti­fied as ter­ror­ist but if sim­i­lar tragedy or a worse tragedy is car­ried out by a non-Mus­lim is iden­ti­fied as lone crime.

Ed­mon­ton tragedy was a ter­ror at­tack in which a po­lice of­fi­cer was stabbed and few peo­ple were in­jured. It was de­clared ter­ror­ism but Los Ve­gas mass shoot­ing in which more than 58 peo­ple died and more than 500 in­jured is just a hor­ri­ble crime. Why Los Ve­gas shoot­ing is not de­clared ter­ror­ism?

A year ago, a non-Mus­lim white su­prem­a­cist killed six Mus­lim wor­ship­pers in Quebec Mosque and law en­force­ment did not call it ter­ror­ism but when a men­tally sick per­son who iden­ti­fied him­self with Is­lam killed a Cana­dian sol­dier in Quebec, it was called ter­ror­ism.

ISCC and MAT re­quest law en­force­ment agen­cies, gov­ern­ments and the me­dia to re­port and in­ves­ti­gate such tragedies with hon­esty and fair­ness. Due to bias re­port­ing, state­ments and in­ves­ti­ga­tions the en­tire Mus­lim com­mu­nity suf­fers and get back­lash from hate mon­gers.

Once again ISCC and MAT stand with the vic­tims of hate re­gard­less of their race, re­li­gion, eth­nic­ity, colour of skin or lan­guage. “I am ask­ing all Mus­lims liv­ing in Amer­ica and Canada to do­nate blood ur­gently for the in­jured peo­ple. This is our duty as Mus­lims to save lives”, Imam Syed So­har­wardy said in a state­ment to­day.

May God save all peo­ple from all forms of evil. Amen.

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