"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting all to that is good; enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong. They are the ones to attain felicity." (Qur'an 3:104)
Our mission is to serve the needs of Muslims in Utah by fostering a comprehensive Islamic way of life as delineated in the Holy Qur'an, and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In so doing, we promote and uphold the "Middle Path," as enunciated in the Qur'an – a path of moderation, temperance, forbearance, compassion, peace, and justice. We strive to foster a community of diverse color, culture, and creed bound by fundamental fairness, acts of virtue, and common good.
A Criminal Has no Religion!!!
The Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake is deeply saddened by the death and sufferings caused by the recent bomb blast at the Boston Marathon. We unequivocally condemn such a cowardice act aimed at harming innocent civilians. We stand in support of the citizens of Boston in overcoming this tragic event, and in prayers for the victims of this reprehensible criminal act.
By the same token, the Islamic Society humbly pleads with politicians, media pundits, and the public to refrain from making gross generalizations of any group, religious or otherwise, based on the actions of some of its members. Criminals come in all colors, creeds, and religious beliefs. We have never made issue of the religious affiliations of James Holmes, the mass-shooter in Aurora Colorado; Wade Page, the shooter at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; or the arsonist who burned down the Islamic Center in Joplin, Missouri. The same principle must apply in the case of the Boston tragedy. A criminal is a law violator, who must be brought to justice without vilifying the race, religion, or ethnicity that he may belong to. This is what is meant by being an American; being able to stay objective, and free of undue prejudice. The ability of Americans to do that makes this the great country that it is!!!