Al Salamu Alaikom Wa Rahmatullah!
As we witness unprecedented times in American history, we at the Islamic Society of Colorado Springs are heartbroken and strongly condemn the brutal killing of George Floyd along with Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Steven Taylor, Yassin Mohammad, and all the countless innocent lives that were abruptly cut short by racial prejudice.
We stand united in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters during this time of pain and unrest. We as a community must come together and stand as one to fight against racial injustice and systemic racism that has plagued our country for far too long. Justice for all cannot be achieved without a system wide change that will eliminate inequality towards Black Americans. Without justice there can be no peace.
The Holy Quran stands firmly for justice and says:
“O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even though it be against yourselves,” (4:135)
During these times of trials, tribulations, and struggle for justice and basic rights, we remind our community that equality is not a manmade right, it’s a basic right that has been given to mankind by our creator since the beginning of time. Each Jumua’ah we start our Khutbah with “O Mankind! We created you from a single (pair) male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). (49:13)
The matter of equality has been decreed by God in all faiths, a system has been put into place by our Creator that mankind is equal, and no one has the right to take this basic right from anyone.
We denounce all acts of anti-Black racism, violence, discrimination and prejudice regardless of whether it be within our government, communities or social circles. Our Beloved Prophet Mohamad (PBUH) said in a hadith that translates to “All of mankind is from Adam and Eve, your skin color doesn’t make you better or worse, and remember the first recorded racist, was and still is cursed, your piety and deeds is what makes you superior, but only Allah (SWT) knows this since they’re all hidden in the interior.”
Racism, discrimination, hate, prejudice, and injustice have no place in Islam, our community or in any other faith. We need to fight to help establish and encourage reform to our local, state, and federal legislation. The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then (let him change it) with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart- and that is the weakest of faith.” (Sahih Muslim)
Please stay safe, be understanding, show compassion and always strive to do what our Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) taught us to do, recognize, expose and reject racism, especially anti-Black racism.
Please reach out if you need anything, we are here for one another.
May Allah (SWT) guide and protect us all.
Wa Assalamu Alaikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Kamel Elwazeir, President
Shura Members and Board of Trustees
Islamic Society of Colorado Springs