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(WASHINGTON DC - August 10, 2021) At a press conference hosted by CAIR that was held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Rahat Husain, representing the Shia Muslim Foundation, described the murders as acts of anti-Shia hatred and emphasized the "love and friendship" between Shia and Sunni Muslims in the United States. He emphasized the need to address any anti-Shia hatred and to work towards greater understanding and unity within the Muslim community.


On August 6, 2021, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) increased its reward for information leading to the perpetrator of the fourth murder, which occurred overnight on August 5, to $10,000. In response to the news that the main suspect is also Muslim, Sunnis and Shias in the United States are coming together to promote understanding and unity between the two communities.


Speaking at the press conference, Rahat Husain, with the Maryland-based Shia Muslim Foundation, described the murders as anti-Shia hatred.


He emphasised, however, the "love and friendship" between Shia and Sunni Muslims in the US that he described as a model and something that isn't always seen around the world. "We cannot let this incident or any other incident harm or destroy that love and that respect we have for one another,” said Husain. He added that any anti-Shia hatred needs to be addressed.


Imam Johari Abdulmalik, a member of the CAIR National Board, told The New Arab: "An attack on people, to murder people senselessly, just because their religious understanding is different than yours puts one under the purview that CAIR has an obligation to stand up and say to the community: We will not be divided with a capital W, meaning we as Americans, as citizens, as neighbours, as people of faith, and then what our faith, in particular, calls us to do, which is to say according to the Quran, that life is sacred, saying that if one takes the life of one person unjustly it is as if you had slain all of humanity."


The Shia Muslim Foundation stands united with the Muslim community in condemning all forms of hate and violence, and we call on all individuals and organizations to join us in condemning these crimes and working towards a world where people of all faiths and backgrounds can live in peace and harmony.

(WASHINGTON DC - August 9, 2022) The Shia Muslim Foundation is shocked and deeply concerned about the recent killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These killings, which took place between November 2021 and August of this year, have caused fear and uncertainty within the Muslim community and have prompted calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding these crimes.


We stand in solidarity with the families of the victims and the entire Muslim community in Albuquerque, and offer our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by these tragic events. We call on authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into these crimes, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.


It is deeply disturbing that most of the victims were from the Shia Muslim community, and we urge authorities to consider the possibility that these crimes may have been motivated by hate and bigotry. We also call on authorities to provide necessary support and resources to the families of the victims and the Muslim community in Albuquerque during this difficult time.


The Shia Muslim Foundation stands with the Muslim community in Albuquerque and around the United States in condemning all forms of violence and hate. We will continue to work towards building a world where people of all faiths and backgrounds can live in peace and harmony.

Updated: Dec 29, 2022

(WASHINGTON DC - March 14, 2022) On March 14, 2022, the Shia Muslim Foundation met with the Pakistani Embassy to discuss relief efforts for Shia Muslims in Pakistan. The meeting, held at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., was a success, with both parties discussing ways in which the Pakistani Government could provide support to Pakistani Shia Muslims in need.


During the meeting, the attendees discussed the current situation facing Shia Muslims in Pakistan and the challenges they face in accessing relief services. The Shia Muslim Foundation expressed its concern for the well-being of Pakistani Shia Muslims and its commitment to working with the Pakistani government to address these issues.


In addition to discussing relief efforts, the Shia Muslim Foundation also presented a letter to the Pakistani Embassy, addressed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The letter requested increased support and resources for Pakistani Shia Muslims, with a focus on providing access to basic necessities such as food, shelter, and medical care.


The Shia Muslim Foundation is grateful to the Pakistani Embassy for the opportunity to discuss these important issues and looks forward to continuing to work together in support of Pakistani Shia Muslims.

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