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American Muslim Association of Oklahoma condemns Orlando shooting

The American Muslim Association of Oklahoma, which manages the mosque at 3201 NW 48 in Oklahoma City, released a statement Wednesday condemning the mass shooting that occurred early Sunday at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

"We at the American Muslim Association of Oklahoma are extremely saddened by the tragedy suffered by the victims, families and community of Orlando, Florida.  As Americans and Muslims we adamantly condemn this hate crime and act of terrorism. Although inadequate in the face of such suffering, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and families of the deceased and to those who were injured. We will continue to pray for the rapid physical and emotional recovery of all those affected.

This hate crime is contrary to the teachings of Islam, the foundational principles of humanity, and our values as Americans.

We call on all Muslims to stand against those who corrupt our religion through false interpretations.

In this holy month of Ramadan, we pray for peace and unity in our communities, in our country, and in the world."

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Other Islamic organizations that released similar statements on Sunday include the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma City chapter and the Islamic Council of Oklahoma, a coalition of mosques and Islamic faith-affiliated organizations around the state. 

Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor 

Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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