The worldwide Khoja community has condemned the Christchurch attacks.
The World Federation condemned ‘this act of barbarity in the strongest possible terms’, offering sincere condolences to the families of the victims. The WF offered the thoughts and prayers of Khojas across the world to the families of those affected, with prayers ‘for the speedy recovery of those who have been injured.’
No place for extremist ideology
The WF stated that: ‘Islamophobia is terrorism; there is no place in our world for any extremist ideology, be it Muslim or non-Muslim and we stand firm on this to propagate the principles of humanity and respect for human life as affirmed by the Holy Qur’an.’
The statement represents the views of The World Federation of KSIMC and its members, The Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaats of Africa, The Council of European Jamaats, Federation of Australasian Communities, India Federation, Organization of North American Shia Ithna-asheri Muslim Communities and The Federation of Khoja Shia Isna Asheri Jamaats of Pakistan.
Africa Federation condemned the violence in its own statement, and offered condolences: ‘Our hearts go out to the victims and families of this senseless act of terrorism. We pray that Allah (SWT) to protect all peace loving people in all parts of the world from such cowardly acts.’ AFED expressed shock and sadness at Friday’s ‘horrific and evil attacks.’
Razak Damani, President of the North American Federation, wrote to the Prime Minister of New Zealand on behalf of the Khoja community in North America, offering ‘heartfelt condolences and prayers for the families and friends of the victims and injured in the horrific tragedy.’
He added: ‘Hate crimes are intolerable and more work is essential in order to prevent and eradicate such acts. It is a painful day for Muslims and humanity at large. We stand with you in solidarity and wish you strength and courage to overcome this loss.’