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Jamaica Ahmadiyya Muslims ‘strongly condemns senseless’ Orlando shooting

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at Jamaica, headquartered here in Old Harbour, Jamaica, categorically and unequivocally condemns the senseless shooting that took place at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the United States of America.

The tragic shooting has reportedly left 50 people dead and many more critically injured and has also been condemned by several global figures such as US President Barack Obama and international human rights groups.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastating shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida,” said Umair Khan, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at Jamaica. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones. We are grieving with our American brothers and sisters for this tragic loss.”

In a statement issued to Old Harbour News the local Muslim group said “The Holy Qur’an teaches us that to kill one person unjustly is likened to killing all of humanity.

“Islam places very high regard for the sanctity of life and it is absolutely un-Islamic to take the lives of innocent individuals”.

The group said it is praying for solace and fortitude for all those affected by the tragedy.

Twenty-nine year-old US citizen Omar Manteen, on Sunday, went into a gay nightclub named Pulse in Orlando where he shot several persons. Fifty people are reportedly dead while several others were injured and hospitalized. The police have, however, adjusted the official body count to 49 after excluding Manteen, who was shot dead by the police, from the death toll.

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