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Letter to the Community about the shooting of Imams Maulama and Thara of Masjid Al Furquan 08 13 16

August 14, 2016

Majlis Ashura (Islamic Leadership Council) of New York

88-29 161st Street

Jamaica, NY 11432                                                                                           

As-salamu ?alaykum Respected Imams and Community Leaders and Muslim New Yorkers,                                            

While our prayers and feelings are with the victim s families to the beloved lost Imams, we call upon all Islamic organizations to be alert and to stay in contact with the Majlis as well as local law enforcement and advocacy groups if they observe any suspicious activity. The Majlis has been occupied by this tragedy. Eight members of the Majlis Ashura officers of NY attended the rally and the press conference yesterday.

We write to you to inform you that the Majlis is in close communication with the families of the victims, the hate crime unit, the NYPD and concerned parties. So far, we have taken these steps:

1. A committee has just been created to communicate with family members of the victims and with local leadership.

2. The Janaza is scheduled for Monday August 15, 2016 at 2:30 PM. The location is Municipal Parking Field 581 Grant Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11208 (Sheridan Avenue to Eldert Lance & Pitkin Ave.). We urge all to attend it. There will be a press conference before the Janaza.

3. The Majlis has pledged $10,000 as an initial donation to the two families of the victims. With this modest amount, we are launching a fundraising to benefit the families of the victims and call upon you all to contribute to this fund as much as you can. The link to the fundraising is https://www.gofundme.com/ImamsMaulama-Thara.

4. We are holding a press conference at the NYC city hall on Tuesday August 16, 2016. Major organizations and the interfaith community and allies are urged to participate in this PC.

5. We are holding an emergency meeting for Imams and Community leaders on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Masjid Omar Ben Abdulazeez in Jamaica, Queens.

We are still contemplating the idea of having a public event, whether it is a peace walk, a prayer-dua-event, a community gathering, a rally, a demonstration etc.

Was-Selamu Alaykum,

CheikhAhmed Mbareck

Your brother in Islam

CheikhAhmed Mbareck

Executive Director of Majlis Ashura (Islamic Leadership Council) of New York

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