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Reclaiming The Muslim Faith From Extremists


Muslims in Sacramento are trying to spread a positive message about their community following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. 

After the shootings in San Bernardino the SALAM Islamic center reached out to interfaith partners and condemned the attacks.

Center chair Anne Kjemtrup says they received a consistent response.

"Here in Sacramento at SALAM we have received only outpourings of support from people of all faiths and non-faiths," she says. "'How can we help you? What can we do?' It was really heart-wrenching and very, very moving and really, I think, a sign of the foundations that we have built here."

Still, Kjemtrup she says some area Muslims are worried about a backlash.

She says some women are debating whether to continue wearing their hijabs, or head scarves.

In January the center is going to begin offering “Islam 101” classes to help educate people about the faith.

 Sacramento Area League of Associate MuslimsSALAM Islamic Center

Katie Orr

Former Health Care Reporter

Katie Orr reported for Capital Public Radio News through December 2015.  Read Full Bio 

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