WNY Muslim group condemns California shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)-  “You cannot hold an entire group accountable for one person or two people’s actions,” Julie Algubani, the executive director of Western New York Muslims, said.

That’s Algubani’s message as new information reveals that the wife involved in Wednesday’s California shooting had pledges her allegiance to the leader of ISIS on Facebook in the moments after fourteen people were gunned down.

It pains Julie to see the TV coverage inside the suspects apartment showing references to Islam.

“A book on Islamic Manners … I have them. There’s nothing in there about hurting anyone. Our religion does not teach violence. Individuals for whatever their reasoning is, those particular individuals made a decision to do something horrific.”

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When events like this happen it’s hard for her to even look at some of the comments that turn up on social media, directed at the Muslim community.

“It’s almost better to have a conversation with somebody you think is not gonna agree with you. You’d be really surprised with how much we have in common. Our kids all go to these schools, our families are all part of the same communities.”

Her organization has put out the following statement condemning the shootings in San Bernardino:

Buffalo, NY – Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this unimaginable act of horror that took place at San  Bernardino.Its horrendous to see how an office party turned into a revengeful killing.  This is the deadliest mass shooting since Connecticut’s Newtown shooting in 2012.

We, the Muslim community of Western New York stand with the victims and their families. We stand against senseless gun violence. This great tragedy has hit home and we are concerns for its aftermath for all communities living in peace and harmony.

It is a deep and heartbreaking concern that the violation of  humanity is recurring and taking lives of innocent people.  This is purely inhuman and barbaric and no amount of condolences can ease the pain of survivors and families of fallen victims.  We extend our deep condolences and sympathies to the loved ones of the victims of this tragedy.

For more information on WNY Muslims position on such matters please call (716) 923-4386 or visit our website www.wnymuslims.org.

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