St. Louis Muslim community asks members to report extremism after attacks

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis Muslim community is reacting with outrage following the terrorist attacks this past weekend in New York, New Jersey and Minnesota.

‘These people who are the terrorists don`t define my faith,’ said Dr. Ghazala Hayat, a SLUCare doctor and spokesperson for the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis.

On Monday, she wrote a statement calling the terrorists ‘deranged and evil people,’ and encouraging her fellow peace-loving Muslims to be vigilant for signs of troubled members in their community, and report them to police.

‘If they don`t find them when we tell them, that doesn`t mean they are not doing anything. Our job is to let them know, their job is to take it from there,’ Hayat said.

Since the shootout with the bombing suspect on Monday, we have learned his father claims to have reported his son to the FBI two years ago; however Fox News quotes an FBI source as saying the father only told authorities about his son`s interest in gang violence, not terrorism.

For Hayat and other Muslims just trying to live their lives in peace, these acts of terrorism continue to make that difficult.

‘For me the most frustrating thing is that the peace-loving Muslims do so much, and then one or two deranged people will do this kind of terrorist attack and everything is like one step forward and two steps backwards,’ she said.

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