Press Release 8/5/2012 – Sikh Temple Shootings
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Islamic Society of Orange County Issues Statement Regarding Sikh Temple Shooting
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – August 5, 2012 – Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, prepared a statement regarding the tragic incident in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 5, 2012.
“We at the Islamic Society of Orange County are deeply saddened about the tragic events that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin today. We are taught in the Qur’an that taking a life of a fellow human being is akin to taking the life of all of humanity. The American Muslim community has strong ties with the American Sikh community. As part of the Muslim community’s interfaith work, we have worked closely with members of the Sikh community in Southern California and throughout the nation. People of the Sikh faith are peaceful and family-oriented, and make positive contributions to our society. Our prayers are with the victims’ loved ones, and we will reach out to the Sikh community to see if there’s anything their Muslim friends can do to help during this period of grief.”
Arif Shaikh, ISOC Media Liaison
The Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC) was established in 1976. ISOC is the largest Muslim community center in Southern California, serving more than 10,000 Muslims throughout the area. Located in Garden Grove, California, in the heart of Orange County, ISOC is within a short commute to major freeways and shopping plazas. Situated among ISOC’s 5.2 acres is the full-time accredited K-8 Orange Crescent School (OCS).