Local mosque to decide Muslims’ role with Moonies
Feb, 14, 2005
Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Monday February 14, 2005
The question of whether Muslims should participate in conventions run by the Unification Church, otherwise known as the Moonies, will have to be decided at the local mosque level, the Colorado Muslim Council decided at its monthly meeting Sunday.
However, Jodeh is out of town and under Islamic rules, “You cannot discuss an accusation or a judgment, especially about a fellow Muslim, if he’s not there to defend himself,” said Mohammad Noorzai, coordinator of the council, which is the advisory body for the state’s more than 15,000 Muslims. It represents a dozen or so mosques and Muslim organizations around the state.
Jodeh’s relationship with the worldwide Moonie cult caused concern among a number of Muslims after it was publicized in a Feb. 4 story in the Rocky Mountain News. Moon teaches that virtually all the world’s great religious figures, including the Prophet Muhammad, defer to him as the Messiah. That’s considered blasphemy among many Muslims.
Some Muslims say they were not aware of the Moon connection until they attended the conferences. However, Jodeh and his supporters have said the important factor at the conventions was the interfaith agendas, which usually were about creating strong families – no different than gatherings sponsored by other religious faiths.
The council’s decision means that any further question of Jodeh’s involvement will have to be taken up by the Colorado Muslim Society, which is the name of his mosque, the state’s largest, located on South Parker Road.
The council did issue a statement Sunday: “The Muslim community participates in interfaith activities with other faith communities for the common good. This is in no way an endorsement of the beliefs and practices of those other faith communities.”
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