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(DENVER, CO, Nov. 16, 2015) – The Colorado Imam Council is appalled by the tragic events that took place over the weekend in France. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims who were from all over the world, and specifically with the people of France.
We believe, as stated in the Holy Quran, that whoever kills one life, it is as if they have killed all of humanity, and whoever saves one life, it is as if they have saved all of humanity (Chapter 5: Verse 32). We strongly condemn these politically motivated actions perpetrated by extremists who try to justify their crimes in the name of our faith.
Islam condemns all forms of brutality, murder, and attacks on the innocent. Muslims, scholars and laypersons the world over, have and will continue to condemn these and any extremists that use Islam to justify their cause. Under Islamic teachings, such actions would be strictly prohibited.
The Colorado Imam Council stands in solidarity with the people of France, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, Palestine, and all those facing oppression and injustice worldwide. We pray for healing, peace, and justice for the victims. We also echo the voices that call for an end to all violence against the innocent in every corner of the world. We pray for an end to all destructive forces that try to separate us from each other and from our common link that we all share as the children of Adam.
Coordinator - Colorado Imam Council
Imam Shakir Muhammad
The Colorado Imam Council
The Colorado Imam Council strives to unite the Colorado Muslim community through communication, coordination and by representing the Colorado Muslim community with one voice on Islamic issues.