Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holding vigil for Orlando shooting victims

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Across the country, vigils continue to be held to honor the 49 victims who were killed when a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning.

Tuesday evening, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque will open it’s doors for the public to attend a prayer service for the victims.

“We condemn this senseless and horrific act of violence in the strongest possible terms,” said Dr. Nasir Khan, President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Buffalo Chapter, in a statement after Sunday’s shooting. “Our hearts go out to the innocent victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with them as their neighbors and brothers and sisters in peace. Islam teaches reverence for all human life. This is a time to pray and act to stop such senseless violence in our nation.”

The entire Western New York Muslim community has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack.

“We must come together in the community and stand up against hate crimes and terrorism,” said leaders of the WNY Muslims group in a statement released Sunday. “Let’s pray for peace and help everyone who has been impacted by this tragedy.”

Everyone in the community is invited to join in prayer for the victims of the Orlando shooting with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The service will be held at Masjid Mahdi, 9610 Colvin Boulevard,Niagara Falls, NY 14304

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a reformist movement within Islam. It is the only Islamic organization to believe that the messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. Ahmad claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.

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