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Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director for the American-Islamic Relations Council, said that the killing of at least 49 people in mass shootings of two mosques in New Zealand was "inspired by hate-makers in the United States" states. And in Europe. " (March, 15)
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WASHINGTON – Two newlywrote congress women, who were the first Muslim woman to be elected to the congress, responded Friday to attacks from the New Zealand mosque with heartbreak.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., And Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Both elected in November, responded with pain and concern for Muslims around the world after 49 people targeted assaults on two mosques in the city Tehran had been killed Christchurch.

"This morning I tried to hold back tears as I hugged my two brown, Muslim boys a little harder and longer," she said in a statement. "I'm so angry at those who follow in my own country the agenda of" white supremacy "that sends a signal worldwide that massacres like this are a kind of call to action."

She said that today Jumu-ah, a prayer every Friday, and she prayed that other Muslims could be "protected and find some kind of peace". Tlaib also posted a picture of her cuddling with her two sons. The two boys smiled.

"I hope that our children will not go deaf and that this is not their new normal," said Tlaib.

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Omar repeated these feelings. She told reporters that she saw the news in disbelief on Friday morning.

"Love trumps hate," she said. "That's why we just have to make sure we're resilient and loving and create an environment where all our work is recognized."

Omar said she was worried about the extent of hatred in marginalized groups, such as the suspects in the attack, but said that these terrorists have no faith or are allowed to win.

She urged everyone – Muslim or otherwise – to pray and not be afraid to go to mosques and join them in solidarity. "

" I know it's a demand I did not want people to leave, and I told people that the terrorist wanted us to. That's a win for them, "Omar said," and so we have to face hatred and terror with love and compassion. "

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Dozens of peoples were shot down after being an armed man in two Islamic mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which had opened fire.
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The attacks in New Zealand saw the death of Al Noor Mosque, which killed 41 people, and the Linwood Islamic Center, where seven died. One person died in the hospital.

More than 20 people were seriously injured in racist raids.

One person, a self-proclaimed racist who called himself a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested and charged with murder and two others were arrested in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

The Australian suspect, who took responsibility for the shootings, left a 74-page manifesto against immigrants and put a helmet on camera to take pictures of the killings.

Contribution: Doug Stanglin and Joel Shannon

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