Statement on the Conviction of the Murderer of Maulana Imam Akonjee and his Assistant Thara Uddin

(New York, 03/23/18) The Majlis Ash-Shura ( Islamic Leadership Council) of New York welcomes the conviction the murderer of  Imam Akonjee and his assistant Br. Uddin. ” A state supreme court jury convicted Oscar Morel, 37, in the fatal shootings of Imam Maulana Akonjee and Thara Uddin, his friend and assistant. The men were shot as they walked home following prayers on Aug. 13, 2016.”

Oscar was convicted of one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is expected to face life in prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced on  April 18. Today’s conviction is a significant lesson and message to Islamophobes and bigots.

As we are glad that justice has been served, we pray to Allah to grant Imam Akonjee and Br. Uddin His mercy. We also pray that peace reigns over the families of the victims, and ask Allah to grant them solace and happiness.