Houston, TX – Members of the Islamic community held a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando during Houston’s annual Ramadan dinner.
MJ Khan, the President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, said the Muslim community is mourning the loss of innocent lives too.
“We stand by our fellow Americans. We stand by the LGBT community. They are the victims. This homophobic person, whatever his reasons are, have nothing to do with any religion. Nothing to do with us. We condemn it in the strongest terms possible,” said Khan.
Khan hopes his message is one the whole Houston community hears, especially because the accused gunman, Omar Mateen, may have ties to the radical Islamic Group ISIS.
“Even if he was a Muslim, he definitely never learned anything about Islam. No religion teaches such acts. Islam definitely doesn’t teach such acts,” said Khan.
He told KHOU 11 News he hopes people come together during this difficult time.
“We have to do whatever we can to make sure people like him have no access to guns. It’s so easy for him to get all these arms. There has to be something done about that,” said Khan.
He added, “Whether they occur in Orlando Florida or anywhere else in the world, peace loving people of the world have to come together and stand together to condemn such acts and defeat these people who are trying to hurt innocent people.”
The mass shooting in the Orlando club killed 50 people and injured 53 others. It is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Anyone who would like to donate to the GoFundMe page set up for the victims and their families can do so here.