LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many speculations about why Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood point to his Muslim background. Local Muslims want to reiterate that the actions of one man should not speak for the entire faith.
Several Muslims gathered at the Islamic Center of the South Plains at 2 p.m. Friday for their weekly prayer service. Many had a heavy heart, mourning the lives lost in the Fort Hood shootings.
"I have family members, close friends who are on military bases. I was very, very concerned about what was happening, and wanted to figure out how this could happen on a military base," said the Vice President of the Texas Tech Muslim Student Association, Bukky Oyewuwo.
Witnesses of the shooting say Hasan, a military psychiatrist about to be deployed overseas, said "Allah Akbar" before he opened fire. Others report he was harassed because of his Muslim faith.
Oyewuwo hopes this act will not cause negative feelings towards Muslims in America. "All the Muslims here in Lubbock, the Muslim Student Association, we condemn whatever actions this person has done," she said.
"Our greeting means peace - peace on you," said Maher Elsakhnini.
They too pray for the victims. "We're praying for the people at Fort Hood. We're just like every other American now. We want you to know that we too are hurting," said Oyewuwo.
Local Muslims emphasize the Islamic religion is one of peace. They say the Fort Hood shootings, like the attack on September 11th, are not something they approve of.
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