In the name of God, The Beneficent, The Most Merciful,
With deep sadness and regret I hate to report that early reports suggest that the alleged gunmen was Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan.
I’m sad for those killed and wounded by a traitor to both God and our country, and I regret that I even feel that I have to write something on the subject. Words cannot express my emotions and the instant headache I received when notified by my dear sister Sheila Musaji over at The American Muslim (TAM) concerning the alleged culprit.
They have not yet released further details such as the motive but I will state for the record that no true Muslim could ever commit such a crime against humanity. As Muslims we are reminded that to take one innocent life is as if one killed of all mankind. Muslims are also commanded to keep their oaths when given.
That said as an American Muslim who like thousands of other American Muslims who serve and have served in America’s armed forces and kept their oaths to God, Country, and in my case Corps, condemn these actions and pray for the victims of this madman.
May God give the families strength and be quick in His reckoning. If it turns out it was indeed this Major and the media in error claims he was a Muslim, know that no true believer in Islam considers him part of the fold. My prayers go out to the victims and their families, our nation, and our men and women in uniform.
May God bless us all,
As Salaam Alaikum
Islamic Information Center Condemns the Attack on Fort Hood
(WASHINGTON DC – November 5, 2009) The Islamic Information Center, in conjunction with all the major Muslim organizations nationwide, strongly condemns the attack on U.S. Military Base Fort Hood in Texas that took place today. American Muslims stand with their fellow citizens in offering prayers for the victims, and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured. While several news reports have cited one of the gunmen to be Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, IIC strongly emphasizes that this attack and its perpetrator are in no way is representative of the Muslim people or the peace-loving religion of Islam.
Eleven people plus a gunman were dead and 31 wounded after the gunman opened fire Thursday on a soldier-processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, officials said. The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been detained as suspects, Army Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said. For more information about the attack, please read the Google News collection of stories on the topic.
Islam, as taught by the Holy Prophet and his family, strongly advocates peaceful dialogue and discussion and rejects all violence. The Prophet Muhammad (May God Bless Him) condemned all forms of terrorism against all people. The individuals who perpetrated this attack blatantly acted against the teachings of Islam and humanity.
The Islamic Information Center, under the guidance of Imam Syed Naqvi, works to bring understanding among people of all faiths and background in an attempt to build bridges for the future to prevent hate crimes through education and tolerance. IIC also works to correct any misinformation about matters relating to the Holy Religion of Islam.