We Went to San Bernardino to Visit the Terrorist's Former Mosque

| DEC 5, 2015 | 9:25 PM

SAN BERNARDINO, C.A. - The terrorist attack in San Bernardino claimed 14 lives and left 21 others wounded. What now? IJ.com went to look into it:

Cops swarm the terror scene, two days later. The bodies haven't been moved. Every law enforcement tool was being used. Here, a Border Patrol officer provided security:

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A cop drove up in a cruiser and hit his lights and siren until we retreated from talking with the Border Patrol officer. A law enforcement helicopter flew over the crime scene seemingly continuously. It was a media no-fly zone.

Just feet from the scene of the terrorist attack is the Kingdom Worship Center, a Pentecostal church.

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Pastor Michael Taylor tells IJ.com that the spiritual battle of light and dark has exploded on his doorstep.

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Pastor Taylor says:

“I was over there offering emotional support, prayer and counseling with all the other clergies and chaplains in the San Bernardino area...We've been doing our part and looking to do whatever else we need to do for the community to start the healing process.”

He's held two prayer services and his church has been the staging area for law enforcement, and now the media camp out in his church's back and front yards.

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With the Inland Regional Center practically in his backyard, Pastor Taylor is now on a first name basis with CNN's Anderson Cooper and other reporters. Fox News's Trace Gallagher files his live reports 100 feet from his front door.

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Five miles away, imams at the Dar-Al-Uloom Al-Islamiyah mosque, where Syed Farook attended, said they received phone threats and were issued police protection for Friday prayers:

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The imams revealed the female terrorist did not pray at their mosque and that Farook stopped coming a month ago. They said to “look to the wife” for answers because they do not impart violence at their mosque:

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Assistant Imam Mahmood Nadvi said he couldn't be sure if she prayed there, because women are covered with the veil. When asked to issue a fatwa to condemn the use of violent jihad, the imams told IJ.com that the condemnation had already been written 1,500 years ago.

Nadvi did not want to answer questions about whether the FBI asked to talk to other congregants, but Roshan Abbassi, an Arabic teacher, was adamant in his response:

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Abbassi told reporters that all Muslim scholars agree the terror attack was “workplace violence” and not about Islam:

"The scholars are unanimously agreed that these actions are not in line with Islam...

You can't tell me someone, he goes and he learns Islam through a website, or someone says something to him that he doesn't understand the he takes the wrong way, and you blame all of Islam for this. It doesn't make any sense.

There is no such thing as a radical Islam...there's proof that it was workplace anger. Proof."

Gasser Shegaga, a man who prayed “shoulder to shoulder” with the terrorist at the Dar Al Uloom Al Islamiyah-Amer mosque 5 miles from slaughter, is swarmed by media:

Image Credit: IJ.comShegaga told reporters it was “impossible” that Farook would have been radicalized at the mosque. He said Farook was nice, quiet and just hung out at the 1 pm prayers on his lunch break.

Robert Gonzalez and Jesus Beltran told IJ.com they love the mosque because it gives them work and helps the community.

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The men said:

"They get along with everybody. They help us out, they give us work when there's no work in other places...

They're really good with the community around here. I think whoever took those actions took it upon themselves."

As people streamed from the mosque after Friday prayers, a small group of people held signs telling the Muslims they love them:

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This man, along with a few others, travel from mosque to mosque to tell Muslims they love them. They also come bearing the biblical book of John translated into Arabic.

His mission is to urge Muslims to “put down the sword.”

“Muhammad said to pick up the sword,” he told IJ.com. “Jesus said to put it down.”