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Local Muslims are condemning this weekend's threats on western shopping centers, including the Mall of America. Members of a local mosque in Rochester say these actions go against the core beliefs of their religion.
"If you kill one human being, no religion mentioned, a human being, a human life, if you take it away for no reason whatsoever it's like as if you killed the whole humanity," said Somalian Muslim Abdi Roble quoting a verse from the Quran.
The Muslim Community in Rochester can hear the words and see the threats, but they are not listening.
"When you see a few people, or a few bad apples, like you know acting out of their own religion and doing things on their own, that's exactly where the problem is coming from," said Roble.
Here, believers follow the Quran. They read the words and understand the meanings, but cannot fathom how others can not.
"Every little wicked idea that comes out in the world you will see supporters and people that are like minded which makes you think like what are you seeing what are you reading," said Roble.
Somalian members of the mosque listen to the Imam. His translated words far from echo what is being said back home.
"He said it stems from people that are not straight up in the head, that don't have the basic qualification of anything," said Roble as he translates for Elsayed Mahmoud
Instead, members of the Mosque believe they are targeting areas in this region because of the vast Somalian community.
"They try to scare us, they bring scare tactics, and he said those aren't even men, those are little boys doing this," said Roble continuing to translate for Elsayed Mahmoud.
Community members say the terrorists should try and understand the second part of the Quran verse Roble told earlier.
"If you save a human life it is as if you saved the whole world."