Muslim Community In Chattanooga & Dalton Pray For Shooting Victims

CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-Young, old, male, and female from all parts of Chattanooga, the south and the world gathered in prayer at the Gunbarrel Islamic Center.

Media from England, France and across the US were also represented.

The Islamic Center can confirm they received a phone call from a distressed family member yesterday after the incident happened".

Bassam Issa, Islamic Community Chattanooga,"He was in the dark on what his son has done, he’s very devastated".

Issa was one of the first people Mohammad’s father, Youssuf Abdulazeez called after yesterday’s shooting.

He has also been working with the FBI over the last 24 hours trying to establish what led to Thursdays terror attack that left four Marines dead.

"Actually apologized for what his son did to the community at large and to the Muslim community and I told him we all feel distraught we all feel shocked".

Just 30 miles away at the Dalton Islamic Center a former US Army corporal mourns with his childhood friend a prominent member of the Georgia Islamic community.

Retired Army Corporal, Chris Patterson,"There is no need for anger or hate or resentment at this time, we just need to open a dialogue  with our neighbors of the Islamic fate a level of mutual respect and understand and understand that they are grieving as heavily as we are during this time of loss".

Patterson came to the Islamic Society to mourn while hundreds of Georgia Muslims cancelled their Ramadan celebrations out of respect.

Ibrahim Awa, Dalton Islamic Society,"We would usually see 400 to 500 families attend the Mosque there was not even 100 families here, where you would see people gathering outside playing in the playground".

Both the Dalton and Gunbarrel Islamic Center’s have told News 12 they have not experienced any retaliation either at their locations or through social media.
They are asking all members to spend the weekend in prayer.
Both Centers want to reiterate they condemn terrorist actions whether in Chattanooga or overseas.

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