Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Washington

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Gov. Jay Inslee and Shoreline Councilmember Chris Roberts
were among the speakers at the 2011 grand opening of the Shoreline mosque
Photo by Mahir Dizdar

In light of the horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Shoreline Area News reached out to our friends at the Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Washington to see if there was anything we could offer and ask what they would like to say to the community.

Nihad Dozic, President of the ICBW, whose mosque and community center has been located in the Ballinger Neighborhood of Shoreline since 2011 (see previous article), sent this statement:

Muslims and Christians across the world were appalled to wake up to news of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed and injured so many people, including children.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this senseless tragedy. To the people of New Zealand and to Muslim communities around the world: you are in our hearts and minds.

Far too often, Muslims suffer unimaginable loss and pain in the places where they should feel safest. Not long ago we remember too well the sorrow we felt when a senseless attack on the Islamic center in Quebec Canada claimed the lives of many innocent people gathered in prayer. 

Across US Muslims have experienced attacks on the mosques too.

To move forward as whole world, we need to recognize diversity as a source of strength, and not a threat. This week's victims were fathers, mothers, and children. They were neighbours, friends, and family members. As with every life taken too soon, the full measure of their loss will never be known. CBW condemns this attack, and will continue to work closely with local authorities our close friend, and others to take action against violent extremism.

Hate has no place anywhere. We must all confront Islamophobia and work to create a world in which all people, no matter their faith, where they live, or where they were born can feel safe and secure.

President of ICBW
Nihad Dozic


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