East Texas Muslims react to Fort Hood massacre

By Layron Livingston - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

FORT HOOD (KLTV) - A classmate of the Fort Hood shooting suspect says Hasan was an outspoken opponent of the U.S. War on terror and called it a "war against Islam."

But, the Council on American-Islamic relations has condemned the attack. In a statement, the group, chair, said that "American Muslims stand with our fellow citizens in offering both prayers for the victims and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured." East Texas Muslims are calling the shooting a sick act, committed by a sick man. They say the incident only disgraces the community.

"Unfortunately, when someone who is believed to be in the Islamic faith does something wrong, it's about his faith and not about the individual," said Anwar Khalifa, the Vice-president of East Texas Islamic Society. "He who kills an innocent soul is as though they've killed all of mankind and he who saves an innocent soul, it's as though they've saved all of mankind."

The East Texas Islamic Society says it does not expect any negative backlash from the event and is not increasing security at its mosque.

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