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Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

The Shia Muslim Council strongly condemns the terrorist attack upon worshippers in the midst of Sabbath service at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday Oct 27 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Our hearts go out to the families of the worshipers who were mercilessly killed as well as those were injured. We convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.

We join people of all faiths in sending a stong message that the sanctity of synagogues, churches, mosques, and all places of worship must be protected and call on our law enforcement agencies to provide protection against such heinous acts of wanton killings.

We pray to God Almighty for the safety of all in our nation, and call upon our political leaders to help engender respect and civility in our political debate. The prevailing climate of dissention and discord has the potential of spawning more strife amongst the people of this nation, thus incubating home grown terrorists like the one who has perpetrated this calamity on innocent.

The SMC also calls upon our legislators to curtail the free availability of weapons of mass killings, such as the one used in this terrorist attack. Such weapons have no place in the streets of America.

Jazakum Allahu Khayran,

Shia Muslim Council of Southern California

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