Local imam reacts to attack near London mosque


STRONGLY TO THE RECENT ATTACK. THE IMAM AT THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CALLS RECENT AGAINST — RECENT ATTACK AGAINST MUSLIMS “SENSELESS.” >>MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS AND THE INJURED. SHELLEY: EARLY MONDAY, A VAN DROVE INTO PEDESTRIANS NEAR A MOSQUE IN LONDON AS PEOPLE WERE HEADING HOME FROM LATE NIGHT PRAYERS DURING THIS HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN. THE IMAM WAS ALSO SHAKEN BY NEWS THAT A MUSLIM TEEMAGER WAS KILLED NEAR A MOSQUE IN VIRGINIA.>>THE GIRL THAT GOT KILLED LAST NIGHT IS THE SAME AGE AS MY MIDDLE DAUGHTER. SHE GOES AROUND, COMES TO THE MOSQUE, AND SHE WEARS A SCARF. SHELLEY: AND HE FINDS ATTACKS NEAR PLACES OF WORSHIP PARTICULARLY TROUBLING. HE SAYS PEOPLE WHO ATTEND MOSQUES ARE THE FRONT LINES WHEN IT COMES TO FIGHTING TERRORISM.>>IN ONE WAY, THEY ARE FIGHTING THE TERRORISTS AND THEIR IDEOLOGY AND TEACHING THE TRUE ISLAM, THE TRUE FEAR OF GOD, TO SAVE THEM FROM WHAT THEY CAN PROBABLY FIND ON A WEBSITE OR SOMETHING. SHELLEY: HE SAYS THE MOSQUES ARE WORKING TO STOP THE VIOLENCE.>>IT WOULDN’T BE FAIR. IT FEELS VERY NOT FAIR TO HAVE THE MOSQUE ALSO BEING ATTACKED FROM ITS FELLOW CITIZENS WHO WE ARE TRYING TO PROTECT, AS WELL. SHELLEY: THE IMAM SAYS THEY

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