As further details about the Muslim shooter’s terrorist beliefs begin to emerge, Muslims are whining about the possibility of ramped-up
Islamophobia anti-Muslim blowback.
Religion News Muslim organizations claim to be mourning for the 10 non-Muslim people killed in the mass shooting on Monday (March 22) at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, by Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa.
The Colorado Muslim Leadership Council on Tuesday released a statement in solidarity with the survivors and victims. The council includes the Islamic Center of Aurora, Colorado; the Islamic Center of Boulder; and the Colorado Muslim Connection.
As further details about Al-Issa began to emerge, many expressed concern and fear over ramped-up Islamophobia.
Phrases and words like “He’s Muslim,” “Islamic” and “Middle Eastern” were trending Tuesday on Twitter. With Ramadan just a few weeks away, some also worried about potential hate crimes as Muslims are more likely to gather in congregational settings.
The Islamic Center of Boulder, on its Facebook page, said its members were praying for those affected by the shooting.
The shooting in Boulder, the Islamic Society of North America said, “adds to the tragedies our nation is going through, including an increasing culture of hate (against Muslims).”
“As citizens, and members of the human family, we have the right to live in peace and safety. We must stand together and speak out against hate and racism (but not against hate and racism coming out of the Muslim community).”
CelebrateMercy, a nonprofit that teaches about the Prophet Muhammad to Muslims and the general public, launched the crowdfunding campaign “Muslims Unite for Boulder Families” on LaunchGood to raise funds for the victims’ families.
In the funding page, CelebrateMercy shared a photo (below) of a greeting card a non-Muslim Boulder resident left outside the Islamic Center of Boulder, offering to accompany anyone going to the grocery store or for a walk if they felt vulnerable.
(Somehow this card allegedly from a non-Muslim has the CAIR self-pity stink all over it. Notice how the signature and contact information are missing)