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Why Does Imam Defend Islam? He Fears Backlash
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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April 20, 2017

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It’s another tragedy in Fresno. And it’s another shooting tragedy with a tinge of Islamism. Tuesday’s shooting spree suspected by Kori Ali Muhammad was bad enough that three innocent people died. It was made worse by the fact that police say it was racially motivated.

The kicker is that police revealed that Muhammad chanted “Allahu Akbar” while being taken into custody. As expected in today’s reactionist, social media-obsesses society, there were immediate calls of terrorism. Blame was being placed on the Islamic influence on society.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer further went on to say that Muhammad has not visited a mosque in years and also practiced voodoo. He also prayed to multiple deities, something that not in line with the monotheism of Islam (not to mention their aversion to violence).

Unfortunately for one local Imam, it is nothing new. Seyed Ali Ghazvini is the religious leader for the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno. After Muhammad’s arrest, Ghazvini released a statement that his actions have nothing to do with Islam. That practicing his faith is practicing a religion of peace.

If the message sounds familiar, it is because it is. Ghazvini has spoken out to the local media and community in past instances of suspected Islamic terrorism both home and abroad. Each time he has condemned the attacks. Each time he has pleaded that the actions of some radicals have nothing to do with what takes place in his mosque.

Why does he continually defend Islam in the wake of such terrible actions? “We fear some kind of backlash on our community,” Ghazvini tells GV Wire.

Ghazvini spoke with GV Wire, one day after the shootings to talk about why he feels the need to clarify the difference between Islam and these all-too-often violent acts. Watch above for an explanation of the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” (he says it is equivalent to “praise the Lord” in church), what he says about the role of Islam in the Valley and why he defends his faith.

 

 

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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