In the Name of God, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful

Dear Community Members,

Peace be upon you,

Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (I.M.A.M.) is saddened to hear of the tragic and targeted killing of four community members in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which took place on Friday, August 5th. We offer our sincerest condolences to the bereaved families and the community of Muslims in Albuquerque. May God shower the deceased with mercy and forgiveness and give patience to their surviving loved ones.

The arrest of a suspect by local authorities and the announcement that the motive behind these horrid killings was anti-Shia is both heartbreaking and alarming. Although it has been known that anti-Shia prejudice and bigotry existing our country, it was assumed to be largely latent and subdued. Yet, this crime clearly indicates that certain people who harbor a deep animosity toward Shia Muslims will go to extreme and inhuman lengths to exact their despicable views.

While we continue to pray for the victims and their families, it is important, particularly in these days when we gather for the tragedy of Ashura, to put forth our best effort to protect community members in Albuquerque and across the country from any further tragedies like these. Moreover, I.M.A.M. calls upon all Muslims and citizens of our country, who uphold and cherish life, liberty, and freedom for all, to openly decry these heinous crimes and work to enact measures that will protect not only Shia Muslims, but anyone who is the target of hate crimes.

Let us come together to promote peace, tolerance, and dialogue, and strive to root out prejudice of all kinds. Indeed, the Holy Quran says, “O humankind! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify yourselves with one another [and know each other better].” Only together can we build a more peaceful and tolerant nation and community for all.


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