The Muslim Community of Knoxville joins Muslims across Tennessee in unequivocally condemning the heinous and unjustified attack in Chattanooga on July 16, in which four U.S. Marines were murdered and at least three people, including one Chattanooga police officer, were injured.
The Muslim Community of Knoxville wishes to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. Terrorists seek to divide our society, and we pray that all Americans will stand together united against their wanton violence and hatred.
“We call on our fellow Tennesseans to focus our attention, effort, and prayers on the families of our murdered serviceman,” said Zulfat Suara, Chairwoman of the American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), a Tennessee outreach and advocacy organization. “Let us honor their memories by doing good deeds, like donating to our local blood banks and exploring ways to support their families after this tragedy.”
“Our community’s leadership has been in constant contact with law enforcement and our government officials and we remain committed to working together, especially now in aftermath of this terrible event,” said Paul Galloway Executive Director of The American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC).
In closing, we encourage all American Muslim communities to be in regular contact with their local law enforcement agencies, for the safety and security of their communities and institutions, and of our entire nation.