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Muslim leaders in CT react to Orlando club shooting

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A shooting victim is carried away from the night club. (Source: WKMG/CNN) A shooting victim is carried away from the night club. (Source: WKMG/CNN)

Connecticut Muslim leaders offered their “deepest sympathies” to families of the 50 killed and 53 injured at a gay night club in Orlando, FL and condemned the actions of shooter. 

Muslim Coalition of Connecticut said they along with the whole Muslim community in Connecticut were standing “against this horrific mass shooting/act of terror by a deeply troubled individual.”

“Our prayers are for the victims and their families. We mourn the loss of innocent lives. Islam does not allow the killing of innocent civilians. We would like to express our sorrow and solidarity with all Americans in mourning this tragic loss of life,” Muslim Coalition of Connecticut said in a statement on Sunday.

Council for American Islamic Relation “condemned this monstrous attack” while offering “condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured.”

“The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence,” Council for American Islamic Relation said on Sunday.

Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim, of the Muhammad Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, said the Muslim community stands "committed to the safety and dignity of every member of our community."

"We reject the hate, anger this mass murderer represent. Only few days ago our nation stood united to bid farewell to a great American Muslim who honored and respected the human life, so we must not allow this monstrous behavior to divide us," Abdul-Karim said in statement on Sunday. 

Farhan Memon, who is the chairman of the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Connecticut Muslims joined with others in the country "in grief and anger to condemn Sunday's mass shooting." 

“Our hearts are broken over this tragedy and we offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the victims and their families," Memon said in a statement on Sunday.

Islamic Networks Group, ING expressed "deep shock and sorrow" for the victims while mourning the loss of innocent lives. 

"Our prayers and thoughts go out to all those impacted by this brutal attack,” Islamic Networks Group said in a statement on Sunday.

Connecticut Muslims are holding prayer services and vigils for the victims. A vigil will be held on the stairs of the State Capitol around 5:45 p.m. and at the Baitul Aman House of Peace Mosque, which is 410 Main St. in Meriden, around 8 p.m. 

Dr. Nasim Rehmatullah, who is national vice president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, called the Orlando shooting "really tragic and sad." 

“Reverence for all human life is the essence of Islamic teaching. This is a time for prayers and efforts to stop such senseless violence in our nation," Rehmatullah said in a statement on Sunday. "We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims."

People are also encouraged to donate blood in the name of the victims. The Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross is coordinating to support emergency responders by providing snacks and water. The Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross said they will meet with state officials " to determine how we can best support the affected community over the coming days and weeks." 

"While we do not typically serve hospitals in the Orlando area, the Red Cross is providing a small number of blood products to support Florida hospitals in response to the shooting, and we stand ready to provide additional blood and blood products as needed," the American Red Cross said in a statement on Sunday.

The American Red Cross said anyone looking to donate blood can click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS. 

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