a man who was helplessly deprived of oxygen and suffocated for almost nine minutes by a Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng all involved in the incident) who kneeled on his neck. George Floyd was not resisting arrest at the time of his murder or was he a threat to anyone, including the officers who took his life.
Our faith teaches us about the deep importance and sanctity of human life. Unfortunately, we live in a world where people are killed, often unfairly, unjustly, and unprovoked. We are saddened, but stand firm with our fellow Americans in the call for justice and greater accountability not just in Minneapolis but all across the United States regarding police brutality and violence.
We support the right for Americans to speak up and protest against injustice and oppression. We ask protesters to demonstrate peacefully, in a manner that protects their safety and the safety of fellow protesters.
We also remind ourselves and you that our Lord, the Mighty and Most High, is ever acquainted with the actions of all His slaves and never forgets. Justice will no doubt be served against all of those who oppress by the Most Just, Allah swt. We leave you with the following verse and reminder from the noble Quran, as the best of speech and most fitting of reminders is the Speech of Allah swt:
"O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” 4:135