Local Muslim community honors Orlando victims

Posted at 11:48 PM, Jun 14, 2016

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community opened its doors to people of all faiths to honor Orlando victims with a vigil Tuesday afternoon.

It was an emotional night for many, including Robby Frain, who attended the event and could not hold back his tears.

"People need to come together," Frain said. "Who is to judge anybody? Nobody should judge anybody."

Ellie Robinson, who also attended the vigil, went to support the community, and encourage others to do the same.

"Our country at this time is being so divided and is being so antagonistic to a lot of groups," Robinson said. "We really need to be including each other. It's called the United States of America."

Hamid Malik, the Imam for the Northeastern Region, spanning from Buffalo to Boston, said the Muslim community throughout the nation is showing solidarity in different ways. These include holding vigils, and also breaking Ramadan to give blood to victims in Orlando.

"The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, we were told to break our fast and go give blood," Malik said. "There was a huge influx of at least the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in the Orlando areas. They broke their fast and went and gave blood to the victims."

Nasir Kahn, President of Buffalo's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community said that the actions of others, including those of Orlando shooting Muslim gunman Omar Mateen, do not represent the beliefs of the rest of the community.

"Just because the person is saying 'I am a Muslim' does not mean they are following the true teachings of Islam," Kahn said. "We need to be judging not that person, but the persons' actions."