(This is a statement we released yesterday)
Today, violence hits us close to home.
A man, who claimed to follow our faith of peace and compassion, committed terrible acts of violence in downtown Fresno.
We pray for the victims, their families and friends and the organizations targeted.
The phrase Allahu Akbar, or God is Great, is a prayer of peace for 1.8 billion Muslims around the world. It is a recognition of our role as a part in the creation of the Most Merciful God and our duty to see ourselves humbly in relation to God as just a part in the creation. When someone utters these beautiful words and commits violent acts, it brings pain to our community and crushes our hearts.
We condemn the acts of this criminal in the strongest terms and we stand with our community and city in support and brotherhood. Additionally, today’s crime represents nothing to do with our faith, our community, our center or our people.
We call upon our law enforcement agencies and officials to properly investigate the motives of this man and hold him accountable accordingly.
Again, we lift in our prayers the victims and their families, and pray that our community rises above correlating these acts with our faith.