Press Release

 PRESS RELEASE – Sunday, November 5, 2017

— We must collectively work to banish the madness of gun culture in America —

Peaceful worshipers gathered at a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, this morning to sing the praise of the Creator when a homicidal gunman walked in and opened fire, killing at least 26 of our fellow-Americans and injuring at least 20 more. We are horrified by this cold-blooded massacre, and while we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims, we recognize how inadequate this gesture has become, and how ineffective. We join millions of our fellow-Americans in calling for a strict gun control policy to stop the senseless deaths of innocent Americans that keep occurring with sickening frequency in our country. The times demand a new interpretation of the Second Amendment. There is enough consensus to defeat the gun lobby and the cowardly lawmakers beholden to the NRA. Meanwhile we, members of the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, CA, urge Muslims in and around the San Antonio area in Texas to donate blood for the injured in the deadly shooting today and to bond in solidarity with the families who lost their loved ones. Amen.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

— Unequivocal Condemnation of the Act of Terror in Manhattan —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose unequivocally condemn the act of terror committed by a deranged and dangerous man in Lower Manhattan, NY, today. This man does not represent Islam and Muslim-Americans in any way. We call upon Americans of all faiths and persuasions not to give in to divisive rhetoric and stand united and resilient in the face of terror. We are all linked together by the common goal of keeping our country safe and secure from the malevolent and the violent.

Eight of our fellow-Americans (so far) have lost their lives in this brutal attack. We mourn them and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, knowing that no word can adequately express our sorrow.

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com)
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Monday, October 2, 2017

— Devastated by the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas, We Call for a Stricter Gun-Control Policy —

We members of the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) of San Jose are devastated by the mass shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of 58 (so far) of our fellow-Americans, with over 500 injured, many of whom are now fighting for their lives.

Gun violence is an issue that affects communities in every state across the country, and has taken the lives of too many promising innocent people.  Each year, more than 32,000 people in America are killed and 80,000 are injured by gunfire. As politifact has pointed out, (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/opinion/mass-shooting-vegas.html) more Americans have been killed by gun violence since 1968 than in all the wars the U.S. has fought, starting with the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).

Hardly a week passes without another instance of a mass shooting or street violence involving firearms that are only too easily available. We cannot let this deathly situation continue. We urge our political leadership to forego their differences and work together to put an end to the scourge of gun violence in America once and for all. God willing, and with the help of our fellow-Americans across the political spectrum, we hope to soon see a strict and sensible gun-control policy in our country.

Hasan Zillur Rahim (hasanzr@msn.com)
Outreach Director – Evergreen Islamic Center


PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday, September 5, 2017

— Stop the genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar —

Rohingya Muslims, considered the world’s most persecuted minority, have lived for centuries in Myanmar’s far western Rakhine state. Denied citizenship by the military junta since 1982, they have been stateless and without the most basic human rights, thus prey to indiscriminate rape, torture and killing by Myanmar’s militants and allied mobs.

In recent days, however, eyewitness accounts of mass rape, killing and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims have horrified the world. Families, including newborns, have been slaughtered and burned alive. Whole regions have been bombed and targeted for mass killings.

United Nations officials report that tens of thousands of Rohingya women, children and men are streaming into neighboring Bangladesh after trudging through treacherous ravines and jungles, many falling along the way.

We, members of the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, CA, call upon our elected officials and lawmakers, as well as all Americans of conscience, to demand that Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace-prize winner who is the de facto leader of Myanmar, stop the torture and killings of Rohingya Muslims. She has not said a word so far, a stance that has been denounced by many governments but unfortunately, not ours. Her silence has only emboldened Myanmar’s militants and security forces in their relentless, seemingly state-sanctioned genocide of Rohingya Muslims. 

We further call upon our government to demand that the Myanmar government give Rohingya Muslims citizenship in a country where they have lived for centuries, and to accord them the same dignity, safety and security that the Buddhist majority enjoy. We also call upon our government to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees streaming into Bangladesh, and to sponsor and enforce a resolution in the UN Security Council to immediately stop the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. 

Rohingya

Hasan Zillur Rahim
(hasanzr@msn.com
Director of Media Outreach
Evergreen Islamic Center