Remembering the lives lost in New Zealand

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At the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford with representatives of the Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu and Interfaith Communities, along with Senator Blumenthal and Representative Larson, Executive Director Tark Aouadi delivers a CAIR-CT’s official statement

Assalamu Alaikum,
CAIR-CT staff, members and volunteers send condolences to the people of New Zealand in the wake of the heinous attacks on worshipers. Sadly, this attack highlights the impact of hate today, and the need for all people to stand up against xenophobia, islamophobia, hate, and bigotry in all its forms.

We at CAIR-CT stand firm in our stance against misinformation about our religion, which plays an important role in causing these acts of senseless violence. It is also a reminder to our community to stay alert and vigilant. You can find a community security guide from CAIR online at:

In addition, please consider taking the following steps in your local community mosques and other places of worship:

  1. Contact your local Law enforcement and ask for increased patrols. Explain what has happened.
  2. Notify your Mosque leadership and have them raise awareness to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior. Report anything to Law Enforcement.
  3. Have a couple of volunteers greet people outside the masjid and keep an eye out.
  4. If the community starts to get worried and voice security concerns inform them of the steps you have taken and calm everyone down.
    If you have any questions or concerns call CAIR CT immediately 860.341.2247.

May Allah make it easy on us and protect us all in these times of difficulty.

Below is a list of relevant resources you may wish to also review online:
DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Guide: http://
FEMA resources for faith organizations: http:// FEMA resources for faith organizations:
DOJ Community Relations Service – Contact: (202) 305-2935
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Information on Hate Crimes: http://

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