Position Statement on the recent tragedy

We Are Not Alone

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Ramatulah Wa Barakatu

Respected Brothers and Sisters in Islam and Fellow Community Members.

As tragedy continues to strike around the world, we must stay vigilant. As we all know, 50 of our Brothers and Sisters were killed during Ju’maah prayer in New Zealand. While we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community, it is important to remember that We Are Not Alone.

It is not “Muslims against the World” as hate-mongers suggest.  It is rather the power hungry, the evil disrupters who thrive on creating this strife. They are to blame.

The litany of death is longer and more horrific than can be easily expressed. Some of the attacks are listed below.

  • 2012 – 6 killed at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. We Are Not Alone.
  • 2015 – 9 people were killed inside the Emanuel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church in Charleston, SC.  We Are Not Alone.
  • 2017 – 9 killed at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. We Are Not Alone.
  • 2017 – 1 killed, 7 injured at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN. We Are Not Alone.
  • 2017 – 26 killed in a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs TX.  We Are Not Alone.
  • 2018 – 11 killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg.  We Are Not Alone. 

We are not ignoring the long list of other Terrorist Acts and killings in this country, both against religious and secular targets – including most horribly against our children.  Unfortunately, the list is too long. There are too many of these ongoing hate crimes against the ‘Children of Adam’ (pbuh – peace be upon him).  These evil people are attacking our religious institutions and our children, and then blaming religion for these evil acts.  This is anathema.

All our religions speak of peace, compassion, and understanding. We cannot let the hate of these evil groups and individuals drive a wedge between us.

  • 2017 – The nearly completed Lake Travis Masjid is burned to the ground.  It was rebuilt with Greater Austin and beyond community support and it is now open.  We Are Not Alone.
  • 2017 – When the masjid was burned down in Victoria, the local Jewish Synagogue opened their doors to those follow Muslims.  The man who did the deed was later caught and sentenced to almost 25 years in prison. A GoFundMe campaign that has raised over $1.1 million with contributors from every religion, to rebuild the masjid and the new masjid is open. We Are Not Alone.
  • 2017 – When an historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis – Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, was attacked and desecrated, Muslims set up a CrowdFunding Campaign and raised over $80,000 to help repair the damage.  We Are Not Alone.

Brother and Sisters, We Are Not Alone.  We Must Be Together.

Evil acts and Terrorism know no race, no ethnicity, no religion, no country, and no boundaries.  They are the act of people hungry for power and attention who are filled with hate.  Hate of everything that is not ‘them’.  We must not succumb to their message of hate.

Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) the Muslims in Austin are very fortunate to be able to live and worship surrounded by a loving, caring, and supportive community.  Below are a few samples of this support to ICBC.  We are posting these and other messages of support on our ICBC website and taking a stand against hatred and violence against anyone, any time, any place, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or ethnicity. We Are Not Alone.

This is not “Muslims versus Them”.  Rather, it is every good and caring person in this world versus the evil around us.

All it takes for Evil to win, is for Good People to do nothing.

We must do good in our everyday lives Insha Allah (God willing). For anyone. For everyone. With no limit.

We Are Not Alone.

Islamic Center of Brushy Creek

For online feedback, please click here.

Via email to Islamic Center of Brushy Creek

Hello,

I have lived in Cedar Park for 10 years. I drive Brushy Creek Road often and have seen the progress you are making on your property. Looks like it will be a beautiful mosque.

I am not a Muslim or even religious, but in these days of anti-Muslim sentiment from our own government and from extremist groups, and internationally as evidenced by the horror in New Zealand, I would like to extend a hand of friendship to your community. I am glad you are part of our city. May you always feel safe and welcomed here.

CR

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My family and I are horrified and grieved by the attack on your brothers and sisters in faith at the mosque in New Zealand. I just wanted you to know that we, and our friends, support you, now and always.

Congratulations on the progress of your new building. I can’t wait to see it completed.

Best wishes,

JN

 

 

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