The leaders of the American Muslim Community Centers, from Longwood, Florida, have also released a statement.
“The American Muslim Community Centers is saddened and shocked by the senseless killings in downtown Orlando, and we pray for the victims and their family members,” says chairman Atif Fareed.
Mr Fareed adds, “Ramadan is a month of deep reflection and prayer. Senseless violence has no place in our religion or in our society. We strongly condemn this heinous act of violence against humanity.”
The center then cited the Quran, chapter five verse 32.
“…if any one killed a person, it would be as if he killed the whole of mankind; and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind…”
LGBT groups around the US are also rallying, many with Muslim Americans.
We stand with our fellow Muslim students who are unjustly being scapegoated & vilified. We will not be used to fuel more hate.— UTK Pride Center (@UTKPrideCenter) June 12, 2016