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Colorado Muslim Society denies report it will bury Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Last month's shocking bombing at the Boston Marathon was followed by a manhunt that ended with the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar's older brother and the presumed mastermind of an attack that killed three and injured hundreds. Since then, controversy has arisen over the question of where the elder Tsarnaev will be buried -- and yesterday, reports inaccurately implied that he would be coming here under the auspices of the Colorado Muslim Society, which is still dealing with fallout from the situation.

The issue flared up after an article in the Denver Post quoting Colorado-based cleric Sheikh Abu-Omar Almubarac as saying he would "pay for a traditional Muslim burial -- no headstone, monument or casket -- at a plot at a Muslim cemetery in Denver or Bennett." The piece added that "Almubarac incorporated the Colorado Muslim Society in the late 1960s."

Turns out there's much more to Almubarac than this factoid. A good portrait of him was posted in 2010 on the blogspot 30 Mosques 30 Days. Here's a screen capture from the profile:

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Author Aman Ali, who spells the Sheikh's name "Abu Omar Al-Mubarac," describes him as "a pioneer of the Muslim community in Denver and...still an active volunteer here. He grew up in Iraq and escaped the country in the 1960s when the Baath Party, Saddam Hussein's ruling group, wanted him dead because he refused to side with them. He's been living in the Denver area since 1968."

The photo-filled article focuses on Almubarac's upbeat nature and sense of humor. For instance, he says he settled in the Denver area because "the weather here is like a woman. She never knows how to make up her mind." There's also this intriguing passage:

For an 80-year-old man that's seen so much in his life, I asked him where he gets his optimism from. He points to the rectangle rug that's in front of the couch.

"See this? It's about the size of a grave," he said. "Whenever my head gets big, I think about my grave. Because when I die, no matter what I have in life, I can't take my possessions to the grave with me."

The interest in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's grave immediately thrust Almubarac into the national spotlight, as witnessed by "Colorado cleric offers to bury Boston suspect's body in a Muslim cemetery -- but with NO headstone," a lengthy article in the U.K. Daily Mail. But early on, articles made little distinction between Almubarac and the Colorado Muslim Society.

Examples? The original item on the Post website has been overwritten, but an AP brief remains online at this writing. The latter has been updated, too; it now notes that Almubarac "made his offer independently of the organization," meaning the Colorado Muslim Society. But the qualifier doesn't appear in many versions of the story that have circulated around the globe on the AP wire, including this article on the CBS Boston site.

As such, members of the Colorado Muslim Society suddenly were drawn into a national debate, with leaders immediately taking action to distance the organization from the burial offer.

Continue for more about the Colorado Muslim Society and the inaccurate association with Tamerlan Tsarnaev.



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42 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

How many have this guy 'allegedly' killed compared to Chaney, Rumsfeld, & the rest of the criminals behind Sept. 11th ?

Tracy Daigle Tabone
Tracy Daigle Tabone

Then why do you sound like a dagon liberal? I don't think the Boston cops would hunt someone down unless they had information otherwise. Furthermore, why would innocent men just start firing at the police and throw explosives at them if they were innocent??? If I found out the cops thought I did something like this I would turn myself in in a heartbeat for fear of being hunted down!

Gipke Mikel
Gipke Mikel

He's dead. Who cares. It's an empty vessel.

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

Piss on his corpse until you cant bear the smell then burn him

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

So according to the idiots on this thread, the slain MIT cop must have committed suicide.

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

lol do you know what a false flag is? its something the government does...research it....''all the evidence''? they had pictures of them leaving with backpacks on...show us video of them planting the bomb....they knew a bomb was gonna go off that day...they had dogs out there running a drill...and by the way its YOU'RE as in you are not a smart one if you believe everything on tv

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

obama was born in kenya and raised in indonesia...hes as much of a war criminal as bush...i never voted for obama...1st or 2nd term

Tracy Daigle Tabone
Tracy Daigle Tabone

Really, Derek? Wow you are one clueless person. You probably voted for Obama, too.

Joseph Crucia
Joseph Crucia

Hold on. Was this guy convicted of ANYTHING? Why isn't the media covering the cover up? Why is Westword, who's supposed to be outside the main stream acting like the main stream? Shame Westword, unless you're like the rest of them and have none left!!!

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

LOL great fuckin sources....the same ones that told you it was Mike Mulegeta and Sunnil Tripathi originally? the same ones that are being scripted by the white house? what an ignorant sheeple fuck you are

Jean Sisneros
Jean Sisneros

We need to use this negative energy in a better way.I think sometimes folks have a hard time expressing the anger and hurt in a positive way with such a horrible experience.especially when we are afraid that we have to look over our shoulder constantly taking a joyful event and making it into a tragedy.

K Yle Jambrell
K Yle Jambrell

And CNN and msnbc and all the news stations. Look at you trying to make this a partisan issue. What a fucking douchebag you are.

K Yle Jambrell
K Yle Jambrell

Don't try and be the thought police, I'll think about whateer I want, you aren' tbig brother!

K Yle Jambrell
K Yle Jambrell

I say throw him in the bearcage at the Boston zoo.

Julie L. Calkins Williams
Julie L. Calkins Williams

Doesn't matter to me and I don't know why it is such of an issue. What he did (yes I believe his is guilty) was horrible, but there are a lot of horrible serial killers etc who have killed and damaged many lives and nobody seems to care where their bodies are. If he was alive and they wanted to release him I would have a problem where he was released, but it's just a damn body!!!!

Anthony Martin
Anthony Martin

Grave better be unmarked because it's probably going to be desecrated every day

Kent Havener
Kent Havener

Last time I heard it was "bombering suspect."

Jered Stars
Jered Stars

Yeah your a smart one DEREK how bout they show us the public all the evidence they have and so when it comes time to prosecute his brother it will be admissible in court and he gets off scott free!

Susan Niemi-Mick
Susan Niemi-Mick

From what I understand none of his family want him. Give him an Osama Bin Laden burial.

Jean Sisneros
Jean Sisneros

He is some one we know what he's sins are others are buried all over the world buried that we may or may not know their sins.do we not pay for our sins when we die? He has a greater power he needs to answer to then man.he is not worth our thoughts as to where buried he will be dust soon.we need to spend our thought on those who survived and their family and friends that have to deal with the aftermath.

Kim Howard
Kim Howard

As long as it isn't my backyard I really don't care.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

Cremate him & his parents can take him home in a jar.

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

and once again...u have no proof it was even him...except the fact fox news told u so

Jon Severson
Jon Severson

At this point, it's out of respect for his parents, not him, that this is an issue. His parents didn't want to be the ones who brought into this world such a person. But they should be allowed to bury him.

Derek MileHigh Nye
Derek MileHigh Nye

" the Boston Marathon bomber"? wheres the proof besides what the media told you ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

That will teach terrorists NOT to fuck w/ America !

We will hold their dead corpses hostage & refuse burial in our soil !!!

Even though Dick Chaney will be buried here and w/ honors !......

Who's the BIGGER terrorist ? And remember, this dead guy MUST be totally bloated by now !!!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Gipke Mikel Strongly put, Gipke. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Jean Sisneros Heartfelt post, Jean. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Julie L. Calkins Williams Very interesting post, Julie -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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