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Muslim leaders condemn Florida massacre, brace for backlash
by Kristina Cooke and Idrees Ali
On Sunday, June 5, hundreds crowded into a Louisville, Kentucky mosque to celebrate the life of boxer Muhammad Ali in an interfaith service. Dr. Muhammad Babar began the service with a poem: "You were the true face of faith," he read.
The vibe, he said, was one of peace and compassion.
A week later, Babar, a local physician and community leader, attended a vigil for fifty people killed in a gay nightclub in Florida by a 29-year-old American of Afghan descent.
"It's like somebody has punched us in the gut," he said. "Last week, we thought, finally this monkey is off our back, but now it seems the burden is back on us to prove our innocence for something a criminal who claims to be Muslim has done."
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