In Response to Protest: Muslim Woman Says “Leaders Should Speak Out”
BROOKSVILLE – Earlier today we brought you news of a man who stands protesting outside the Islamic Center of Hernando County on Barclay Ave. EARLIER REPORT: PROTESTER SAYS “I’M SICK OF ISLAM” OUTSIDE BROOKSVILLE MOSQUE
We returned later this afternoon and observed a woman wearing a Hijab (Muslim Headdress) speaking with Sean on the side of the road. We spoke to that woman who identified herself as Angela Riani, a devout Muslim. Angela says she wanted to explain to Sean that Islam is not a religion of hate and that most Muslims are not violent.
I asked Angela what she thought of yesterday’s terror attack in Tennessee and she said “It is an absolute tragedy… I know that all Muslims around the world; their hearts go out to the Victims.” She went on to say “Muslims denounce this kind of terrorism, especially in America on the eve of the end of our Holy Month of Ramadan.”
I asked if she believes Islamic Extremism is becoming more prevalent in America and if she thought more attacks are imminent. “No” she said “I do not think ISIS is representative of Islam in any way shape or form. It is not representative of Muslims. They are an extremist organization – terrorist group and should be treated as such and Muslims should not be targeted as a result of their actions.”
When asked if she believed the local Muslim community should be more outspoken in denouncing terrorism associated with Islam, she said “Absolutely, anytime a Muslim leader has an opportunity to speak they should do and they should interview people in the community.
Angela says the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR) has been very outspoken as well as the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).
Yesterday, the MPAC released the following statement, in response to the attack in Tennessee that killed 4 Marines and injured 3 others.
MPAC condemns the violent attack that resulted in four Marines being killed at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, TN. MPAC extends its condolences to the families of the victims of the attack.
The alleged shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was killed by police. According to reports, authorities are investigating the shooting as a possible terror attack. U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said that the shooting is being treated as “an act of domestic terrorism.” Regardless of the intentions or motives behind the act, the attacks are cowardly and despicable.
There will be those who will use this attack as a means to further divide us as Americans, and there will be violent extremists who will use this to underscore their narrative of an ongoing global war between Islam and the West. We reject both extremes.
We call on all Americans concerned about the future of our country to stand together to counter violent extremism wherever it rears its ugly head.
Angela urges other Muslims in the community to speak out against terrorism, saying “… It would help put the minds of the community at ease. Muslims are here to help to support our brothers and sisters of all faiths.”
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