Orlando mosque to hold prayer service

The Baitul-Aafiyat Mosque will hold a prayer service tonight, June 12, in Orlando.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA issued a statement urging calm after 50 were killed and scores injured at the Pulse, a gay dance club in the central Florida city.

The shooting early June 12 — the largest mass shooting in U.S. history — occurred on Latin-themed night at the club just days after 150,000 people celebrated Gay Days in Orlando.

In a statement issued mid-day June 12,  Dr. Wajeeh Bajwa, president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Orlando, said, “We condemn this senseless and horrific act of violence in the strongest possible terms.

“Our community has been in Orlando for nearly two decades and yet have never seen such depravity. Our hearts go out to the innocent victims and their families.  We stand in solidarity with them as their neighbors and brothers and sisters in peace.”

He continued, “In light of this horrific tragedy, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Orlando Chapter will hold a prayer service for the victims, their families and the entire grieving community. We pray for the swift recovery of the injured and for our heroic law enforcement officers. We continue to offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Islam teaches reverence for all human life. This is a time to pray and act to stop such senseless violence in our nation.”

Additionally, Bajwa said the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Orlando Chapter is encouraging its members to donate blood even though they may be fasting today, which the  seventh fast in the month of Ramadan.

Florida’s blood services have issued a call for donors.

The prayer service will be at 8 p.m. eastern time at Baitul-Aafiyat Mosque, 9501 Satellite Blvd., Suite 103, Orlando.