Epigraph: The Holy Quran equates killing of any innocent human to a genocide, to a holocaust, “We (Allah) prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. And Our Messengers came to them with clear Signs, yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land.” (Al Quran 5:33)
The thoughts and prayers of the Muslim Times’ Editorial team are with the grieved families in Newtown, Connecticut, USA.
When something as shocking and senseless as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting spree occurs, the grief is felt by every one. Tragedy has no boundaries, grief has been intense through out the country, in all states and in all communities. At the Baitul Hameed Mosque in Chino, CA, Imam Shamshad A. Nasir and members of his Ahmadiyya Muslim Community congregation, watched in horror as details of the massacre unfolded on the TV news: 20 children and 6 adults shot dead.
The Imam spoke of the tragic loss of life during his Friday sermon as well, urging his congregation to pray for the families of the victims, saying: “Our most heartfelt prayers are with the families of the victims of this awful tragedy. This is a very, very sad day. We mourn with the nation and we call on our leaders and the public to come together to prevent such evil from happening in the future. We need better gun laws and ways to keep guns from getting into the hands of people who would do such a terrible thing.”
The Muslim Times’ Editorial team cannot express grief or sympathy better than what the President Barack Obama has said, so here we link his remarks:
President Obama has urged “meaningful action” against gun crime in the US after a school shooting in Connecticut left 27 dead, including 20 children.
An emotional Mr Obama spoke of his “overwhelming grief” over the deaths at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The suspected gunman, widely identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, is among the dead. Before going to the school he had also killed his mother at their home.
It is the second deadliest shooting attack at a US school or university.
In 2007, a student at Virginia Tech university killed 32 people and injured many more.
The children at Sandy Hook Elementary were aged between five and 10.
Police Lt Paul Vance said 18 children were pronounced dead at the school, and two died after being taken to hospital.
Six adults were also killed – including the school’s principal Dawn Hochsprung – and the gunman died at the scene, apparently after shooting himself.
His mother was found dead at their home on Yogananda Street – some unconfirmed reports suggested she had worked at the school. Read more.