DENVER - Amid the mass killing in San Bernardino, Calif. on Wednesday that came at the hands of at least one Muslim, whose possible ties to terrorism are being investigated, the Colorado Islamic Society took the opportunity on Thursday to host a gathering of people at its Denver mosque from all different religions and backgrounds.
Leaders, such as Iman Jodeh, wanted to continue the conversation -- one that she wishes she didn't have to -- regarding any and all misconceptions between Islam and terrorism.
"It's unfortunate that we continue to have this conversation," she said, "and that these events are continued to be needed in the first place."
More than 200 people -- Muslims, Christians, Jews and even Athiests -- showed up to tie ribbons, light candles and pray with one another for the 14 lives that were taken in San Bernardino and the more than dozen more that were injured.
"Americans need to understand who their neighbors are and who lives among them," Jodeh said. "Right now, the people that they don't understand and the people that they don't know are Muslims, are Arabs."
Pastor Dr. Roger Teel from the Mile High Church in Lakewood said he believes "all faiths have something to offer."
"The bridging of faiths is what we're really needing to have in this world," he said. Sprituality is supposed to be a leadership for us."
Ruth Hart came to the event to help hand out ribbon.
"I very much want to support the Muslim community. I'm from Mt. View Presbyterian Church and the news is just so sad, especially after what happened yesterday in California. I just need to be here," she said. "Just so we can continue to have hope that there can be peace. That we don't get inundated with the hopelessness of what's going on. Because people aren't informed about what Islam is. I feel like that's a big lacking in our world. People just don't know about Islam."
Mostafa Hokoumi, a member of the Society, said there should never be a link with Islam and terrorism.
"We are just human like you," he said. "We love to be peaceful and help out, do whatever it takes to stop these acts, because violence is not part of Islam."
Jodeh said she wishes people would stop tying a religion with violent acts.
"I'm tired. I'm tired and I'm still failry young," Jodeh said. " For years, I've done nothing but defend my religion and my beliefs. ... Islam is a lot more similar to what they believe than what most other people are taught."
"When are we ever going to learn?" she said.
Those who attended also wrapped themselves around the building to show their strength in numbers.
"Watching those ribbons on the fence, with the mosque on the backdrop, is just going to be a constant reminder to me that there are people that support us and there are people who will defend Islam," Jodeh said. "We need to move past this and stop having such ugly things in the world define who we are."
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