Local Muslims Speak Out Against Recent Violence

Thousands of angry Muslims continue to vent their anger at Americans, all based on an amateurish video that insults the Muslim religion.

Demonstrators have staged violent rallies in more than a dozen countries, and there are reports of a sustained attack against a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

On Friday, the remains of the four people killed by demonstrators in Libya returned home. President Obama was there to honor their service, and to demand that the leaders of foreign governments get control of the mobs and protect Americans in their countries.

All this has left many in this country asking why Islamic leaders don't take a more public stance against that sort of senseless violence. On Friday, one local Islamic leader has done just that.

Local Muslims met for Friday prayers at the Islamic Center of South Texas, and the Imam of the center addressed head-on the controversy over the video, and the violence and demonstrations the video has sparked.

"This is not a good way to defend the prophet," Dr. Mohamed Elghobashy said. "We all condemn that in a very strong way. We don't agree with these people who are trying to represent Islam in this way. This is un-Islamic way, to kill people, to kill the innocent."

As the Imam delivered his message, he condemned the video that has sparked this controversy in the first place, but also said that the actions of Muslims who have committed violence and vandalism overseas must also be condemned.

The Imam said that the people who are attacking U.S. embassies and killing innocent people are not good Muslims. Other Muslims at the Center agreed.

"You go after innocent people, that have nothing to do with it," said Moustafa Abdelsamad of TAMUCC. "They don't understand the system, they don't understand the idea of freedom and the fact that you can say whatever you want to say in the United States or many other countries, European countries, and the government has nothing to do with it."

"What we read in the Quran is all about peace," said Muhammad Imran, a Corpus Christi resident. "Every society has got its illiterate elements, and you know, they're more vulnerable in the sense that you know they could be manipulated; and I guess that's what's happening over there."

Both men said there is no justification in the Muslim religion or in the Quran that justifies killing innocent people, and that no movie, no matter how offensive or outrageous, ever justifies the violence that has erupted in the wake of the video in question.

In his message, the Imam addressed the Arab Spring, which he called the revolution, and said countries like Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are still trying to find their way. He said the people committing this violence are trying to stop that process and hurt relations between those countries and the U.S.


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