Sunday 12-16-18 - The Colorado Imam Council held is regular meeting at Masjid Shuhadaa in Downtown Denver. Imams discussed important issues relating to the community focusing on services, education and unity. Maghrib and Isha prayers were offered in congregation with a short talk by Sheikh Amjad Jabai, followed by dinner from our gracious hosts at Masjid Shuhadaa. In attendance: Sheikh Shafi Abdulaziz of Masjid Abu Bakr, Shaykh Amjad Jabai, Shaykh Idrus of Golden, Imam Ayman Hama of Lakewood, Imam Umair Ibrahim of Masjid Khadijah, Imam ShemsAdeen of Masjid Ikhlas, and Imam Mohamed Kolila of Masjid Shuhadah. You can stay up to date on the latest happening through the Imam Council Facebook and Instagram Pages as well as through our website and posts here on the Council blog.
Colorado Imam Council Offers its deepest Condolences to the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims' Families, Calls for thorough investigation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(DENVER, CO, Feb. 12, 2015) – The Colorado Imam Council (CIC) extends its deepest condolences to the families of the three Muslim students who were shot and killed execution style in North Carolina Feb. 10, 2015.
Yusor Mohammad, 21, her husband Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and her sister Razan Mohammad AbuSalha, 19 were shot at the North Carolina State University parking lot. Deah was a second-year dentistry student; his wife was planning on starting there in the fall, while her sister was a student at North Carolina State University.
They were newlyweds with aspirations and plans for their lives; instead they have been ruthlessly killed by a man who openly spewed anti-Muslim rhetoric online. We fear that this may be a hate-motivated act based on the suspect's anti-religion posts on social media and the viciousness of the crime itself. We are concerned that the rising anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society may have encouraged some to commit violence against American Muslims and so urge our local media play a fair role to address this issue.
Terrorism knows no religion, no skin color, and has no ethnic creed. CIC calls on state and federal law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of this heinous crime.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who have been killed in such a senseless, abhorrent crime. We urge all people of conscious to continue to keep Deah, Yusor, Razan, and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
To: Mr. Bill Armstrong, President Colorado Christian University
We hope this message finds you well. We represent the Muslims living or working in the Denver Metro area and within neighboring Colorado cities.
It has come to our attention that Colorado Christian University will be hosting John Guandolo, today, September 8, 2014. Mr. Guandolo has a well-established reputation as an anti-Islam speaker.
Guandolo would deny people of faith like us the protection of the First Amendment. In 2012, he said mosques, “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”
In February, after consulting with those with first-hand knowledge of Guandolo’s anti-Islam training, Virginia’s Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy pulled its accreditation of him.
Unfortunately, Mr. Guandolo’s choice of rhetoric transforms the issue from one of education, to one in which the University is legitimizing Guandolo’s prejudice. We earnestly demand therefore, that this speech be cancelled in order not to jeopardize CCU’s reputation. Should you decide to press on with Mr. Guandolo’s anti-Islam messages however, we kindly request the extension of a like opportunity so that a representative from our community may address your audience for the sake of fairness.
We pray that you inform us of your decision to arrange such an event in the near future.
We thank you in advance and appreciate your cooperation.
Coordinator - Colorado Imam Council
Imam Djilali Kacem
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.