On Monday, a protest was held in Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the nation's largest Muslim populations. The object of protest wasn't the U.S. government, but instead the Islamic State (or ISIS/ISIL.)
The rally was actually put on by local Muslim imams, and they had harsh words for ISIS. The Detroit Free Press has more:
Muslim leaders gathered Monday on the steps of Dearborn City Hall to strongly condemn ISIS, saying the militant group in Iraq and Syria doesn’t represent Islam or Muslims.
ISIS members are “crazy criminals who are abusing our religion,” said Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights. “You’re a bunch of gangsters ... you’re not Islamic.”
[...]About 50 attended Monday’s rally, which included remarks by local imams, Osama Siblani, publisher of Arab American News in Dearborn, Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Steve Spreitzer, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
“They are the enemies of humanity,” Siblani said of ISIS.
Here are some tweets from yesterday's rally.
ISIS are “crazy criminals who are abusing our religion,” said Imam Elahi of Islamic House of Wisdom in Dear... https://t.co/lqTc6wKItY
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) August 25, 2014
This isn't the first time Dearborn's Muslims have held events denouncing ISIS. Two other events took place earlier this summer, which hundreds attended.
Back on June 14, hundreds of people, almost all Muslims, jammed the steps of Dearborn City Hall to condemn ISIS. pic.twitter.com/79RmxDxwAD
— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) August 26, 2014
Rallies like this - and the fact that many Muslims have died in the U.S. military since 9/11 - show that Muslims largely do not support the savagery of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and groups like them.