#NotInMyName: Muslims Take to Social Media to Condemn Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Muslims join the echo for peace and healing following the Orlando mass shooting

After 49 people were killed and another 53 wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, many Muslims took to Twitter to express empathy for the victims by tweeting messages with #NotInMyName. 

The suspected gunman, Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, pledged allegiance to ISIS during a 911 call before the attack, law enforcement sources told NBC News. Officials have not identified a motive for the rampage. 

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad condemned the attack and said the Muslim community stands "shoulder to shoulder" with the LGBTQI community.

"This is a hate crime, plane and simple, and we condemn it," Awad said at a news conference on Sunday. 

He added, "I have a word for ISIS and their supporters: How would you stand before God and answer for your crimes against innocent people?"

"You do not speak for us. You do not represent us. You are an aberration," he continued. 

Like many others, some Muslims turned to Twitter in the aftermath of the massacre to express outrage and sorrow and send condolences to the victims. 

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