To God we belong and to Him we return. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'oon.
We are waking up on this blessed day of Friday, to horrific news from New Zealand: At least 49 Muslims have been killed and 20 people injured in shootings at two mosques. They include a five-year-old girl.
We at AIA raise our hands in prayers for those who were murdered and their families.
May God grant Heaven to those who lost their lives in the massacre in New Zealand. May God heal those injured physically, emotionally and psychologically. May God give patience and strength to all and may God protect everyone from such horrific and senseless violence and hate!
We at AIA, along with so many around the world -- Muslims, People of all faiths and no faith -- are heartbroken. We stand in solidarity with our New Zealand brothers and sisters and the country at large as it deals with this terrorist attack borne out of Islamophobia, hate and intolerance.