A local Muslim leader says he prays for the victims in San Bernardino California because Islam is a religion of peace, not senseless violence.
Nabil Abukhader spoke to students at the Muslim Academy in Gretna, asking them to focus on the idea that Islam is a religion of peace, not violence. The message came one day after the mass shooting in California.
"We're all Americans and we feel their pain," Abukhader said.
Abukhader is on the board of the Westbank Muslim Association and says Islam teaches people to be merciful and kind, not criminals.
"I said here it goes again, we're going to be blamed as Muslim's," he said.
Since the terror attacks in Paris, mosques around the country have been the targets of vandalism to gunfire.
"We feel all Muslims are being blamed," Abukhader said. "They hi-jacked our religion and put us in a bad spot."
The only answer is interfaith dialogue according to Abukhader. People should know the truth about Islam and not what they see and hear from extremist.