LOS ANGELES— |
Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast, a time of reflection and, this year, a time when many Muslims believe there is a need to speak out against the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
"If you're a person of the faith and you have the love of our creator in your heart, and if your heart is full of love for your creator, there is no room for hate, there is no room for crime. These people are criminals. They use any reasons that they can give to achieve their goals," said Virginia resident Hussein Gul from his mosque in Falls Church.
Muslims across the nation condemn the act of Omar Saddiqui Mateen, who authorities say pledged loyalty to Islamic State during his attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. From Los Angeles to Washington, and everywhere in between, Muslims say the actions of the gunman do not reflect their Muslim beliefs.
Ines Olevic Saleh, a Muslim American and refugee from Bosnia, says she hopes non-Muslim Americans understand the difference between the teachings of Islam and extremist beliefs.
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