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Las Vegas Muslims grieving for Orlando shooting victims

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 21:49:47-04
The Las Vegas Muslim community is expressing sadness and outrage over the shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida.
"We are Americans so we share the anger and also the confusion of what is going on and why," says Mustafa Ibn Major, Imam of Masjid Ibrahim in Las Vegas.
Many Muslims around the Las Vegas area are praying for the lives lost in Orlando.
"We put them in our prayers, yes, yes, I mean you have to," Major says.
And they are condemning the actions of shooter Omar Mateen, saying what he did does not align with their faith.
"Totally contrary to Islam, what we are seeing in terms of ISIS, what we are seeing in terms of Al Qaeda are all examples that does not reflect any of the core values that we find in Islam," says Fateen Seifullah, Imam of Masjid As-Sabur in Las Vegas.
Major says it's especially difficult having this happen during the holy month of Ramadan, a time when people are suppose to be fasting and reflecting.
"It's suppose to be a time of personal refinement, spiritual refinement," Major explains.
Imam Seifullah says there is already a lot of discrimination against the Muslim community and the Orlando shooting just adds fuel to that.
"We live as Muslims in a state of awareness that right now we are singled out and targeted sometimes because of acts like this," says Seifullah.
Local mosques like Masjid As-Sabur and Masjid Ibrahim are stepping up security in the wake of the Orlando shooting massacre.
"We have a great relationship with Metro and Homeland Security and so immediately after the incident they called and checked on us, they inquired, they are adding more patrol to make sure we are safe," Seifullah says.