السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته – May Peace, Mercy of Allah and his blessings be upon you.

It was with great sadness and disappointment that we at Al Zahra Shia Association of Waterloo Region (Al Zahra) witnessed videos of the killing of George Floyd by a member of the Minnesota Police Force. This heartless killing was a shock to our community, our country, and the world as a whole. Today, we stand unified in our pursuit for justice for not only George Floyd, but for all victims of racism and targeted killings. 

Our racial differences are, ultimately, not something that should divide us. Instead, we should unite together, learn from each other, and celebrate the differences that make us all unique. In the eyes of God, we are all one, as is mentioned in the Holy Quran in Surah 49 verse 10: “The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah (SWT) that you may receive mercy.” We should always aim to manifest the characteristics of our Lord, one of which being Al-Adl, or the Utterly Just. Allah (SWT) does not ever commit acts of injustice against the people, and neither should we. 

“Al Zahra” extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd. No single race deserves to be mistreated simply for the color of their skin. We stand in solidarity to the cry for justice for African Americans and all people of color, and we ask Allah (SWT) to bring peace and patience to the hearts of the oppressed

With regards,
Your Al Zahra Directors