2 Imams Killed in Queens NY

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2 Imams Shot Dead

in Queens, NY

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Manhunt for Suspect

ISLAM NEWSROOM - “2 Imams Assassinated in Queens, NY”

New York, a city known around the world for multiculture, tolerance and diversity - has now taken the plunge into IslamOphobia as two prominent, peaceful and well loved Imams (prayer leaders) were assassinated in broad daylight, while returning from worship.

Double murder in Ozone Park area took place as a gunman openly carrying his weapon followed Imam Aladdin Akonjee and Imam Thara Miah, just after Dhuhr salat (around 2 PM EST) outside of Al Furqan Jamee Masjid.
Both imams shot in the head at close range, died before anything could be done.

Just as two of our beloved prayer leaders and family men are walking home from prayers, assassin’s bullets end their lives without warning.

Police say they are not sure of the motive, although over a thousand dollars was found on the Imam’s person. No money was taken.

The gunman snuck up behind them wearing a dark colored T-shirt and short pants, just as they turned the corner onto Liberty Ave. say the witnesses. A video is in custody of the police now showing the man following his two targets.

The killer was seen on video cameras following the two imams as they turned the corner, then suddenly he came running back from the same direction they had just gone. His weapon could easily be seen.

Police say they quickly arrived on the scene, finding the two imams laying in blood from their gunshot wounds, on the corner of 79th St. and Liberty Ave. The bodies were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but it was too late. Both passed away.

The IslamOphobia and anti-Muslim hatred has reached the highest level of violence - taking innocent lives - for no other reason than their choice of faith.

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New York, famous for the Statue of Liberty, now stands in shame as racism, intolerance and open prejudice take the stage along with public figures, who openly slander, insult and malign Arabs, Hispanics and Muslims.

Recent statements made publicly even by presidential candidates seem to have given the “green light” for violence, attacks and even cold blooded murder in the very city that had opened its arms in welcoming all refugees of oppression around the world only 130 years ago.

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Now even the Bangladesh, Malaysian and Indonesian communities are living in fear for their lives, in the very country that promised them refuge, shelter along with liberty, freedom and justice for all.

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This crime was almost expected by many observers around the country as other events have unfolded over the last decade, but certainly the Brooklyn and Queens area should have been the last place considering the large number of multinationals living, working and worshipping in the Big Apple.

Police have a sketch of the man (below) who is the prime suspect in the double murder since Sunday. They ask anyone who may have witnessed the crimes to come forward, promising anonymity and protection.

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Police Skectch of Murder Suspect

A video shows a gunman following right behind the victims. “There is no question that he was targeting them,” the official said. “But why?”

Why? Really? — Well, if you have an idea - How about leaving a comment (or two)?

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#4 Auzai Muhammad 2016-08-21 03:19
Innalillahi wa innaillaihiraji un, what a calamity and act of terror is this to killed two imams on their way back from dhuhur prayer. may Allah grant them jannatur firdawsi ameen and should guide us against enemies of Islam and show them the true path ameen.
#3 Mashudul Haque 2016-08-16 06:01
The statues of both Liberty and Justice are just symbolic statues of attraction for a multi racial people of different religion, cast, color and creed from different countries from around the globe to come and settle as immigrants and become full-fledged citizens of the US with equal rights and citizenry status. Unfortunately, the symbols of statues that only stand tall cannot provide any of its commitments that flashes out to its people nor do the govt. seriously committing to its constitutional protections of equal rights and safety to the people. The recent anti Muslim hate have risen and even with cowardly killings of innocent lives. Human beings are the creation of one God attributed with faculty of knowledge, love, tolerance and patience with his/her fellow-beings and get reciprocal respect. No matter one may belong to any faith/belief and thus exercise zero tolerance in respect to others. The killing of any human being is like killing the whole of mankind and saving the life of a human being is like saving the whole of mankind.
#2 Yusuf Estes 2016-08-15 22:13
Bismillah - Inna lilahi wa inna elayhi rajioon!
This just makes me want to cry!
O you who believe . . .
Where are we today? How is this going on in front of our eyes - Yet we sit in front of the TV or computer screen - without tears? without fears?
We must WORK harder than ever to get the right message out - Not the message of hate, violence and terror!
I'm talking about the true message of real Islam in simple English - PEACE, LOVE, TOLERANCE & JUSTICE FOR ALL.
What has happened to you, O Liberty?
Where are you, O Justice?
I knew these people, I care!!!
If you are with me, if you care - then say a prayer - if you care!
For these poor men, for their families, for their children, for their community - FOR ALL OF US.
Please, Yaa Allah! Bring us out of this darkness! Ameen, ameen, ameen!
#1 News Editor 2016-08-15 20:43
NOTICE: Careful of your comments. We are all upset, but bad words and violent suggestions are NOT THE ANSWER.
Believers are always steadfast, trustworthy and patient.
Our country still has some of the greatest people and we must continue to persevere in patience against those who do not understand.
Our word is "Salam" - and that means "PEACE" and our word "salama" means "security".
Let's practice what we preach - Give peace back to those who oppress.
Salam alaykum!

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