New York Muslims gather in hundreds to pray for Orlando shooting victims

Published: June 14, 2016
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PHOTO COURTESY: THE HUFFINGTON POST

PHOTO COURTESY: THE HUFFINGTON POST

Hundreds of Muslims in New York came together on Monday to pray for the victims who lost their lives in the deadliest attack of the United States in a gay nightclub.

On June 12, at least 50 people were killed and 53 others were injured when a suspect named Omar Mateen barged into a gay club in Orlando, Florida and opened indiscriminate fire with his assault rifle.

The Muslim citizens who organised the prayers also did the arrangements for iftar at a park where they prayed together for the victims of the attack.

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“This morning 50 people were killed in a senseless act of violence in an Orlando nightclub. We are praying for those who were lost that God grants them peace and tranquility,” said one of the participants talking to The Huffington Post.

“As Muslims we are united in our outrage over this senseless act of violence. A lot of us are US citizens. Regardless, we are all in this country, we are going to school here, we are working here,” she added.

On what made her and many other Muslim people to get together and organise the collective prayers, she said: “We wanted the rest of the country to know that we are thinking about what happened in Orlando and that we are standing with those people.

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A day earlier Dr Muhammad Babar, a local physician and community leader in Kentucky , was at a vigil organised by the Muslim community for the victims of Sunday’s shooting

“It’s like somebody has punched us in the gut,” he said. “Last week, we thought, finally this monkey is off our back, but now it seems the burden is back on us to prove our innocence for something a criminal who claims to be Muslim has done.”

Across the country, Muslim Americans were quick to condemn the attack, and some mosques took extra security measures to protect against backlash.

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  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Jun 14, 2016 - 6:35PM

    A good gesture. But have you seen Newyorkers coming out to pray when millions are killed all around the world by invading countries?Recommend

  • Truth
    Jun 14, 2016 - 7:06PM

    Do Americans gather to pray for thousands of people who dies every year in Palestine,Syria and Kashmir?Recommend

  • someone
    Jun 14, 2016 - 8:00PM

    @Truth:
    How many Pakistanis are going to gather for the Orlando shooting???? The fact that these Muslims are gathering in the country where fellow countrymen have been killed. Is it that complex to understand???? Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jun 14, 2016 - 10:25PM

    @Truth:
    None of places that you mentioned are part of America. Recommend

  • LS
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:18AM

    Please… none of this changes anything.. the deed is done! impressions were made.. This looks even ridiculous that even during such times muslims would go as a group rather than integrate and go together with others… political brownie points?Recommend

  • LS
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:20AM

    ..Also the actual event was “Iftar at the Park” not standing for the orlando… more like an afterthought for political mileage. Recommend

  • Professor
    Jun 15, 2016 - 6:24AM

    @ShamelessPakistanis:
    – Timurlan accounted for 17 million Europeans to spread his religion.
    – Mughal and Turkic invaders decimated 40-60 million people for the same reason in the subcontinent.
    I am not even going into what the Ottoman empire did in Eurasia.
    Read your history from an authentic source before playing holier-than-thou.Recommend

  • Mirror
    Jun 15, 2016 - 6:33AM

    @Truth: Thry cried for millions lives lost in Balochistan, Bangladesh and Waziristan. Recommend

  • Just saying..
    Jun 18, 2016 - 3:01AM

    @someone:
    Muslims in Muslim countries do often come out an show support against terrorists in Western countries. It just does not get enough coverage as it does not fit the agenda.Recommend

  • Just saying..
    Jun 18, 2016 - 3:03AM

    @Professor:
    Authentic sources being whatever you say is authentic…right?Recommend

  • Just saying..
    Jun 18, 2016 - 3:05AM

    @Mirror:
    we do that too, just like we do for Kashmiris and Sikhs…Recommend

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