This from our friends at the coalition:
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut together with the Islamic centers in the Greater Hartford area wish to express our profound sadness and deepest condolences to the families of Deah Barakat, age 23, his wife of one month Yusor Abu-Salha, age 21, and her sister Razan Abu Salha, age 19.
From their activism and community service, it is clear that the Muslim community in North America has lost three bright stars. Deah Barakat, a dental student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, raised funds for helping Syrian refugees. His wife Yusor and her sister Razan were also university students at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, respectively. When students are killed in a horrific manner like this, the whole nation mourns the loss of innocence and should ponder the reason for these deaths. Within a few moments the dreams, lives, and aspirations of these fine youth were shattered by a man whose rage and hate overcame him. Blinded to the preciousness of human life, he killed not only three innocent human beings but has also shaken the spiritual lives of their friends, parents, and community. Addressing the cause of this hate is vital for a nation that values life.
Their vicious “execution style” murder by an anti-religious extremist highlights the need to educate the public on extremism in all communities. The truth is that hate, terror, and murder have no religion.
As the White House hosts a summit on violent extremism we ask that the White House address the alarming rise of Islamophobia in our country. If we do not take a stand against the perpetuation of hateful speech we will all lose out. We appeal to all faith leaders to lead the way in combating the fear, mistrust and hate and be a part of the healing that all our faiths call us to. We encourage our elected leaders to stand against hate and racism in all its forms.
As a nation that values mutual respect and diversity, we pray to Almighty God that through this tragedy we are brought closer together.
Contact – Reza Mansoor, MD – Board member Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and President Islamic Association of Greater Hartford – 860-794-4011
Venue – Islamic Association of Greater Hartford – 1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT 06037.
Time – Congregational service – 1:00pm
Congregational prayer time – 1:40pm
Congregation prayer for the deceased in absentia – 1:50pm
Reading of Press Statement – 2:00pm