Local Muslim leader reacts to Egypt attack

Grand Rapids Imam Sharif Sahibzada responds to the Egypt attack.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula on Nov. 24. They set off explosives, sprayed worshippers with gunfire and killed at least 235 people in the deadliest ever attack by Islamic extremists in Egypt.

Every Friday morning, Imam Sharif Sahibzada sits in his office in Grand Rapids and prepares for his prayer service.

"I was going to speak about prophets."

But the news of the attack in Egypt sent his sermon in a different direction.

"I was shocked, so many innocent lives, 200 people they are no more with their loved ones," Sahibzada said. 

At least 235 people were killed and 130 others injured when officials say a group bombed a mosque and fired on worshippers as they ran out. 

"These are the lunatics, misguided evil minded people and they have attacked those people who don't have weapons," he said. 

The attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of Islam's mystical movement. Islamic militants consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.

"Muslims mostly, are killed by the Muslims," Sahibzada continued.

"Even both claim the same faith and same thing and same part but differences such that they're killing each other, for nothing. What about now those little kids wives, sisters, and mothers? Their loved ones are gone forever. Regardless if you have any denomination, you have any faith, killing is not allowed. Murdering is not allowed as far as God is concerned."

Following the attack, Egypt's government issued three days of mourning.

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