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Local Muslims Concerned Over Ft. Hood Shooting

The suspected Ft. Hood shooter, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, doesn't have any religious preference listed on his military file, but his name, and pictures of him in Muslim dress, have some in the Muslim community concerned their religion may come under attack.

At the corner of 13th and Evans lies the Islamic Center Mosque of Greenville, where every Friday afternoon, you'll see people congregate for a simple prayer. On this day, for some, those thoughts are with the people of Ft. Hood.

Muslims like Hilda Jarvis don't understand why anyone would think of targeting her faith because of one rogue gunman.

Shayasta Mufti says, "But yes, there are bearded men and there are covered woman who try to follow Islam in a much better fashion than myself, and I do fear for them. That one foolish act can lead to so many more."

Entering the mosque you take off your shoes to show respect. But those at the mosque say like the many types of shoes, there are many types of Muslims. Mufti says, "The unfortunate thing is there are a lot of Muslim people who are committing un-Islamic acts and they are doing it in the name of Islam. It's important to differentiate the fact that these people are Muslim, but what they are doing is not Islamic."


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