Local Muslim community holds interfaith vigil, stands against violence

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DENVER -- A day after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado came together to show support for the Muslims who are fearful of discrimination and retaliation.

"Tonight, we are here to do simple things to stand together in solidarity,” said Reverend Amanda Henderson, with the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that have the biggest impact.

“We thank you for extending your hand and simply saying hello,” said Iman Jodeh, a Muslim and Director of Meet the Middle East. ​

At least 200 people of all faiths gathered at the Denver Islamic Center writing words of support on cards and tying prayer ribbons on the fence outside.

“I think that that ribbon stands for peace,” said Ridley Clark. “I want people to know that they’re just people too and that love has no color.”

It may sound simple, but it’s a powerful message to many Muslims who are currently living in fear.

“(Being Muslim) is kind of like a secret,” said Mikaeel Ashley. “I don’t tell anyone at school.”

“We are peaceful people, but among us, if somebody does something it has an impact on us, our psyche," said Muzaffar Shaw, President of the Colorado Muslim Society. "Even my kids, they say, ‘Dad, I hope it was not Muslim.’ Yesterday, it happened in California and I have not slept the whole night.”

“Obviously I’m Muslim, I’m Arab, and people look at me differently because of that and they have preconceived notions of who I am and what I believe," Jodeh said.

On Thursday, those preconceived notions were no match for love and light.

“I feel hopeful," Jodeh said, as she watched a candle light vigil encircle the center. "I didn’t know so many people cared.”

Sometimes it's the simple things that bind us together.

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