Like millions of people around the globe, ICNA’s leadership and members are processing the heartbreaking news of a 7.8 earthquake and aftershocks that wreaked havoc
All Praises are due to Allah ﷻ, Lord of all that exists and may His peace and blessings be upon His final Messenger and his household.
The President of ICNA, Dr. Mohsin Ansari, the CEO of ICNA Relief, brother Maqsood Ahmed, and other members of ICNA’s leadership met with members of Albuquerque’s Muslim community, which included the President of the Islamic Center of New Mexico (ICNM), brother Assed Ahmed, and other members of community leadership.
ICNA extended its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and to the greater Muslim community for these heavy losses. We cannot imagine the difficulty of this situation, and so We ask Allah ﷻ to make this tragedy easy for the families, and to accept those whose lives were taken as shuhadaa’.
We are pleased to hear that the law enforcement was able to apprehend the suspect, and that an active investigation is underway.
After our meeting with members of Albuquerque’s Muslim Community, we received news that the victims were both Shi’a and Sunni Muslims. Regardless, ICNA wants to reassure the Muslim community that we stand together with all communities against violence and hatred. In these past few decades, great strides have been made to unite with Muslims upon goodness, and this incident will not deter us from continuing on that path of Allah ﷻ and His messenger ﷺ.
Within the following days, ICNA Relief will be visiting the area with their team of spiritual and mental health professionals and work with the local community towards healing the trauma which our dear brothers and sisters have suffered due to this horrific incident.
We ask Allah ﷻ grant patience to the families of the victims and the Muslim Community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.