Human rights groups meet at mosque to discuss ideologies

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Sunday night human rights groups met at the Masjid As-Salam Mosque on Central Avenue to discuss ideologies and how to erase fear of Muslims in the U.S.

They want to make it known that all Muslims are not radicals.

“This is a gangster’s group. This is a group which violates every principle of Islam”, said Shamshad Ahmad, who is the president of Masjid As-Salam Mosque.

Ahmad said that all Muslims are being targeted for the acts of Isis. He said that mosques have ben vandalized, some have physically assaulted.

“Whatever ISIS is doing is totally against Islam, but unfortunately whatever they are doing, they are doing in the name of Islam”, said Ahmad.

Because of attacks like Paris, fear is everywhere. This is another trickle-down impact of ISIS’ blatant disregard for human life.

Ahmad called political views of Muslims based on those events “paranoid”.

“I want surveillance. I want surveillance to watch these people and I don’t care”, said Donald Trump.

“All Muslims should have identity cards, and only Christian refugees should be allowed to come into this country. All this nonsense we’ve never imagined”, said Ahmad.

Because of the carnage caused by ISIS and all other Islamic radical groups, Muslims around the world are alienated, abused and threatened. Here in Albany, Muslims pray for peace and guidance, and an end to being singled out.

“This is a national debate really; it is not local or individualistic. It’s a very serious problem, as an American citizen, I think”, said Ahmad.

Ahmad went on to say that it’s up to each of us to educate ourselves on these kinds of distinctions because if they’re in the boarders of this country, they’re Americans too.


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