Sacramento's Muslim American leadership has strongly rebuked those behind the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, a Northern California native, and three others this week.
"Members of the Muslim Community of Greater Sacramento strongly believe that there is no faith or honor in the taking of human life," said Irfan Haq, president of the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations. Rashid Ahmed, founder of the Sacramento chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, noted that several Libyans died defending the U.S. consulate. "The immediate cause was reported to be a protest against a stupid, Anti-Islam incendiary film put on the web by someone in California," said Ahmed, who is also from Pakistan. "However, our government has announced that the attack on consulate appears to be not a spontaneous act, but actually a planned and pre-medidated killing. That is even more disturbing."
There are about 30,000 Muslims in the greater Sacramento region.
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