Colorado’s Muslim leaders condemn Orlando shooting tragedy

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DENVER -- For the first time, Muslim leaders in Colorado came together and called for a news conference after a national tragedy.

“Our hearts are broken as we grieve with the families of those who were killed or injured this early morning in Orlando at Pulse nightclub. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones impacted by this tragic crime. We stand hand-in-hand with our family members, neighbors, and community partners from the LGBTQI communities in condemning and opposing any and all violence, especially that is which perversely perpetrated in the name of religion,” the Colorado Muslim Society said in a statement.

More than a dozen Muslim Imams and leaders from across the state shared their thoughts at the Colorado Muslim Society on Sunday.

“This level of participation and unity has never been seen,” Qusair Mohamedbhai said. “Our hearts are broken.”

The gunman of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history pledged his allegiance to the leader of the Islamic state and terror group ISIS before the attack.

“We have nothing to apologize for. It does not represent our religion, it does not represent our ideology and it certainly does not represent what our community stands for,” said a Muslim children’s leader.

This comes in the midst the religious holiday Ramadan.

“There is no way a Muslim can be in that place at this time in the month of Ramadan to kill. Impossible. Impossible,” said Ahmed Nabhan, Imam of Colorado Islamic Center.

Muslim leaders say the tragedy is harming to Muslims in the country, and they’ll have to answer questions they have no control over.

“We apologize for the pain, for the tragedy and for the suffering that comes with the result. But we apologize as humans and we as Muslims stand in solidarity,” the children’s leader exclaimed to a room full of applause.

Local leaders of the LGBT community were also on hand Sunday afternoon as a show of support for the Muslim community.

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