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San Antonio Imam Responds To Orlando Shootings

The Imam of San Antonio’s Raindrop Turkish house mosque and community center calls the actions of the Orlando shooter appalling and says they do not represent the Muslim community. Mustafa Safak says the shooter and terrorists like him are 'a cancer' and that the Koran says killing one person is like killing all of humanity.

"I'm just scratching my head all the time and I do not understand why he could do such a thing because the statement says if you kill one person, one innocent person like this, I mean you are doomed to go to hell. It is very serious so I seriously do not understand how someone could do such a thing except the fact that he has some deep psychological issues or mental issues," he says.

Safak says committing an act of violence during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, is unthinkable. TPR’s Joey Palacios sat down with members of San Antonio’s Muslim community last night as the fast of Ramadan was broken for their reaction and will have a full story later.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules