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Sacramento Muslims Planning Unity, Peace Rally

Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio

The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento held an event Monday, Dec. 14 at the SALAM Center featuring speeches from religious leaders, who expressed their support for Sacramento's Muslim community.

Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio

A rising number of anti-Muslim attacks in the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings has mosques in the Sacramento area on alert.

In Southern California last weekend, two mosques were vandalized in the city of Hawthorne. Similar incidents were reported in South Florida.

Mohamed Abdul-Azeez is a Sacramento Muslim leader. He heads the Tarbiya Institute. Abdul-Azeez says, so far, people in Sacramento have been understanding. 

"The vast majority of our people here in Sacramento, are very supportive," says Abdul-Azeez. "They're sending the strongest message of support to our community. But they have legitimate requests of us. They're requesting that we basically stand up stronger against radicalism."

Abdul-Azeez says he's hearing from people asking Muslims in the Sacramento area to stand publicly against Isis, or Daesh, as it's also known.

"...that we come up with creative ways to protect our own institutions from Daesh recruiters," says Abdul-Azeez. "They want us to be more vocal in terms of reaching out and demonstrating the true message of Islam. And these are areas obviously that our community needs to do some more work in."

Meanwhile, the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento is planning to hold a Unity and Peace rally this Saturday from Noon to 2 p.m. on the North Steps of the State Capitol, at L and 11th streets.

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

Marnette Federis

Former Digital News Editor

Marnette Federis was a digital news editor at Capital Public Radio. Her journalism experiences include stints as a reporter, videographer and Web producer at traditional print outlets, digital-only publications and a television station.  Read Full Bio 

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