The Minnesota Muslim Leaders Coalition Message on the George Floyd killing

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In the name of God, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful 

The Minnesota Muslim Leadership Coalition is outraged beyond words at the ruthless killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man. We are sickened by the systemic harm and racist oppression of Black and brown bodies inflicted by police officers acting in the name of preserving public safety. 

Our faith teaches us; “اعيمج سانلا ايحا امناكف اهايحا نمو ، اعيمج سانلا لتق امناكف ضرلاا ف داسف وا سفن يغب اسفن لتق نم” “Whoever kills a person unjustly, it is as though he has killed all of the mankind. And whoever saves a life, it would be as though he saved the life of all humans “ (5:32) 

We oppose any systems that perpetuate injustice and are openly calling for the reform and re-building of more just systems of law enforcement. 

Against the backdrop of COVID-19, which is disproportionately infecting and killing Black people in the U.S., this senseless murder comes as yet another harrowing reminder of the pervasive nature of white privilege in America. Whether violence is visible to the naked eye or deeply embedded in the foundation of our health care system or economy, it is violence just the same. 

Police brutality is now a leading cause of death for young Black men in the U.S. Minneapolis is home to one of the widest racial disparities in the nation — Black people are killed by the police at a rate 13 times higher than white people. The loss of George Floyd’s life is a fresh cut in a long series of unhealed wounds inflicted by law enforcement on Black communities. We must ask ourselves: How many more times must this happen? When will accountability result in systemic change? 

At some point, we must name that the current system is not serving its stated goals, and in fact, perpetuates the very lens of white dominance that keeps communities from being safe. 

In this moment, we need to take a deep look at the systems built around us and act urgently to change them. Specifically, we are calling for: 

  1. The immediate arrest of the four officers involved in this case, and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. 2. Changes in the way that law enforcement apprehends alleged “suspects” and changing of the pattern of treating 

Black men immediately like suspects in the first place. 3. Creating deeper, structural changes through the lens of restorative justice (instead of punitive justice) and community-based models of policing, in an effort to address deeper systemic issues that led to this and similar killings. 4. We demand that MPD ends the “police exchange” program with the state of Israel. 5. Require all MPD officers to undergo intensive and comprehensive racism and bias training.

As our nation continues to be torn apart by racism, we cannot sit as idle passengers and on-lookers. We must step into our power and drive intentional efforts at deep systems change. We must demand better for the sake of our shared humanity and for the sake of justice. 

Supporting Organizations 

1.Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center

2. Al-Amal School

3. American Muslims for Palestine – Minnesota

4. Blaine Community Center – MAS MN

5. Brooklyn Park Islamic Center

6. Community Interfaith Dialogue on Islam (CIDI)

7. Council on American Islamic Relations – Minnesota

8. Create Good, LLC

9. Dara Alfarooq Islamic Center

10. Development Council of Pakistani Americans

11. Dr. Shabaz Charity Group

12. Eastern Twin Cities Islamic Center

13. ICCC – Masjid Al Huda

14. ICCC Masjid Al Tawba

15. Imagine Deliver

16. Imam Hussain Islamic Center

17. Indian American Muslim Council

18. Islamic Association of North America

19. Islamic Civic Society of America/Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque

20. Islamic Community Center of Minnesota/Masjid Al-Iman

21. Islamic Resource Group

22. Masjed Abubakar Al-Sadiq, Rochester, MN

23. Masjid Al-Ansar Islamic Community Center

24. Masjid AnNur 25. Masjid at-Taqwa – MAS MN

26. Minnesota Deaf Muslims Coalition

27. Muslim American Society of Minnesota

28. Muslim Coalition of ISAIAH/ Dar Al Farooq

29. Muslim Youth Leadership Awards

30. Northwest Islamic Community Center

31. Nousury Micro Loans

32. Pearls Of Hope Community Center

33. Rahma Heart Care

34. Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

35. Sakan Community Resource

36. Sisters Need a Place

37. South Metro Islamic Center – MAS MN

38. Zakat, Aid & Charity Assisting Humanity (ZACAH)

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