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article imageSome Muslims Fear Backlash After Fort Hood Shooting

By William Rubin     Nov 7, 2009 in Crime
Rampant speculation about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's connection to the Muslim faith has led to growing fear of backlash in the Muslim community across the U.S.
As the Chicago Tribune reports, Kiran Ansari Rasul, interim executive director of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago said, "He happens to have a Muslim name, but the actions of one individual are not the actions of the entire faith community."
Dr. Zaher Sahloul of the Bridgeview mosque expressed sympathy for the victims.
He also expressed frustration that the Muslim community as a whole now must defend itself. "There's also a sense of, 'Here we go again,' " he said. "You have a crime committed by someone who happened to be Muslim; it could be an indictment of the entire community."
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