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Islamic Center troubled by allegations

Rochester, N.Y. -- As troubling as the allegations of a terror plot are to the general public, the president of a local Muslim center says they are equally as troubling to him.
Sareer Fazili is an attorney and leader of the Islamic Center of Rochester.

Mufid Elfgeeh, born in Yemen and a naturalized citizen of the United States faces federal charges of receipt and possession of an unregistered firearm silencer, according to a criminal complaint filed in district court.

Elfgeeh who operates a food market on North Clinton Avenue allegedly threatened to shoot and kill U.S. armed forces returning from the Middle East and Shi'a Muslims in Western New York, according to court paperwork.

After reading of the allegations against Mufid Elfgeeh, he says he was troubled for several reasons.

"This type of behavior or this claimed behavior is totally anti-anything that we are ever taught," Fazili stressed.
"Raising a hand against another Muslim or threatening to do so or even someone who you have no relation--with such as members of our armed forces--is nothing similar to what Islam would teach."

Fazili said the Islamic center has spoken out against violence many times as well as holding inter-faith dialogues over the years.

"Our Islamic Center has Muslims from all over the world and we have never had anything occur," Fazili explained. "Nor have we heard of anything like this where a Muslim would raise voice against a Muslim of a different background or a different sect."

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