Islamic Relief USA: Learn, not despise one another

Islamic Relief USA: Learn, not despise one another

Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim faith-based humanitarian and advocacy organization, has released the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Sharif Aly, regarding the mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Forty-nine people have been killed, according to updated news reports as of Friday morning.

“Today, we grieve the loss of innocent lives who were practicing their faith in Christchurch, New Zealand. We cannot address this horrific tragedy against Muslims without addressing the root causes of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred and violence. We cannot allow fear and the normalization of hateful rhetoric and vitriol to overpower our humanity. During these times of heightened divisiveness and hostility being perpetuated by various political and social agendas, we must continue to stand firm in our commitment to peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding.  I ask you today and always to work in the tradition of our Islamic faith, which compels us to learn from one another, not to despise one another.”


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Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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