SHAFAQNA – The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for measures to counter the trending Islamophobia in the United States.
In a statement on Monday, the Muslim community vigorously condemned the killing of three Muslim students in the US and urged the US government to punish the culprits behind such actions.
The statement said the fanatic action violated the sanctities of Muslim people.
‘The recent spike in anti-Muslim hate rhetoric and bias-motivated attacks on American Muslims and their institutions must be addressed by our nation’s leaders,’ said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
According to Hooper, Muslims in the United States believe the recent killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina was also a hate crime.
He said insulting Islam is not an act to be carelessly disregarded by Muslim Americans.
A hateful middle-aged white man shot dead three Muslim university students near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus on Tuesday.
Gunned down were newlyweds Deah Barakat, 23, a student at the University of North Carolina’s dentistry school, and his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, set to enter the school in the fall, along with her visiting sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, a sophomore at North Carolina State University.
They were shot to death at an apartment complex near the campus by Craig Hicks, 46.
Hicks shot all three students in the head and later turned himself in. He has been charged with three counts of murder.
According to reports, Hicks’ Facebook postings were full of scorn for religion in all forms.The killing received massive reaction by both Muslim and non-Muslim people in and out of the US.