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A Muslim Community in Virginia Feels the Heat of Extremists' Sins
by Katie Shepherd
Women in head scarves slid off their shoes, stacked them in neat rows next to the mosque's entrance and squeezed together shoulder to shoulder in the small prayer space to listen to the imam's sermon.
It was a Friday Prayer like any other at the Islamic Center of Fredericksburg until the warning came from the imam. Less than a week after the Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre by an American-born Muslim, and after Donald J. Trump's renewed call to bar Muslims from entering the United States, Imam Hilal Shah told his congregation to stay vigilant for violence against their families and community.
"We're fearful of a backlash," Imam Shah called out through the speakers as he mentioned other attacks by Muslim extremists in Paris and in San Bernardino, Calif. "Anytime an event takes place such as what happened in France, such as what happened in San Bernardino, such as in Orlando, we as a Muslim community feel scared."
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