Thousands of Muslims from across western Massachusetts celebrated the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Friday.
“It’s about taking care of the neighbors, helping others,” Moon Mahmood, of Westfield, said.
Their day began with prayer in the park at Clark Field and remembering the four marines killed by what’s being called domestic terrorism. An attack at two military centers in Tennessee yesterday, by a man who is believed to be Muslim, killed a Springfield native.
“It’s very heartbreaking and terrifying to hear when they say they are Muslims and they are doing this because first of all, and clearly, they are not Muslims,” Mahmood added.
“It’s frustrating that some people are using the name of Islam to hijack their own politicals,” Sulaimon Ibraham, of West Springfield, said.
The Muslim community promotes peace and not this violence. They say the public needs to see the difference between what they practice and what these extremists believe.
“These guys, I don’t know why they do it, what motivates them and says this is Islam,” Mahmood said.
“One individual cannot shape millions of Muslims who practice their faith peacefully,” Imam Wissam Abdul Baki, of the Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts said.
They say this alleged terrorist does not represent them and they see nothing Islamic in this attack.
“Islam is not about that,” Ibraham said. “Islam emphasizes getting along with your neighbors, your community and your country.”
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