We Muslims in Grande Prairie wish to express our heartfelt horror at the despicable indiscriminate terrorist attacks committed against the innocent people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We sympathize with the victims of these horrific attacks, and offer our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time.
The Islamic Association of Grande Prairie also condemns in the strongest terms the recent acts of terrorism in Sri Lanka, and all acts of terrorism in general. The people who carried out the attack on Sri Lankan people are criminals who deserve the severest punishment as the Quran elaborates. They are murderers and terrorists.
Islam’s position is clear and unequivocal: ‘….Whoever kills a human being… then it is as though he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a human life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.’ (Quran, Surah al-Maidah (5), verse 32).
Islamic Association of Grande Prairie stands united with all Canadians denouncing this dastardly act. We urge our members and every citizens of this great City to reach out to neighbors who are of Sri Lankan origin during this period of grief.