The community of Newark, New Jersey is deeply saddened by the shooting incident that took the life of Imam Hassan Sharif. This unfortunate event occurred on January 4 2024 causing concerns among the residents.
However, authorities have assured the public that there is currently no evidence suggesting any bias or domestic terrorism involved in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing to determine both the motive behind this act and the identity of the suspect.
Who is Imam Hassan Sharif
Imam Hassan Sharif was an individual within his community and was known not as an Imam but as a father figure, a former boxer, and an advocate against violence. Having personally experienced gun violence in the past he devoted himself to preventing tragedies from occurring.
Imam Hassan Sharif actively engaged with people through one-on-one interaction, community events, and an afterschool program hosted at his mosque.
How Imam Hassan Sharif Was Killed
The shooting incident took place outside Masjid Muhammad Newark where Imam Hassan Sharif was found lying in the parking lot after sustaining gunshot wounds.
Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries upon reaching the hospital and the community has been deeply saddened by this loss as they continue to emphasize how much of an impact Imam Hassan Sharif had on their lives and stress the urgent need for addressing violence within their neighborhood.
Investigation and Responses
Authorities have reached out to the public seeking any information regarding the shooting incident. They continue to investigate both the motive behind it and the identity of the suspect.
While there are concerns within the community officials have assured that currently there is no evidence pointing towards this being a hate crime or an act of terrorism.
The impact of this crime on the community has been profound with individuals offering their condolences and urging for an end to violence in the area.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Surely, we belong to Allah and to Him, we shall return.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Newark, New Jersey community for the loss of Imam Hassan Sharif. May Allah grant him paradise. Provide his family and the community with strength and patience during this difficult period.