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Muslims host discussion on Islamophobia

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Yazeed Shamieh is like most 19-year-olds.

"You can expect the stares," Shamieh said.

The U of M Flint student enjoys hanging out and talking with his friends.

But he said he feels that, sometimes, the way he looks and his religious beliefs make him a target.

"There's been some words exchanged, hopefully it all ends well we're just hoping it all passes."

On Friday night, Shamieh and dozens of other Muslim youth gathered at the Flint Islamic Center to discuss Islamophobia. The fall out he and other Muslims feel when Islamic extremists attack.

Just as we learn that the attack in California this week is tied to ISIS, the same radical Islamic group responsible for the deadly attacks in Paris a few weeks ago, this conversation takes on even greater importance.

"It seems that when it comes to a Muslim that perpetrates a crime then the first issue that takes place is a referendum or indictment on the entire community," said Dawud Walid.

Walid is with the Council on American-Islamic relations. He said many people are so quick to jump to conclusions.

Some of the participants in the Islamic Center’s discussion said they were angry that terrorists used their religion to hide behind.

"To the people here in the community, if you have questions about Islam, come to the Flint Islamic Center or other Islamic centers in the area. This is the best way about learning about Islam," Walid said.

Shamieh said he is no different than most college students and has this message anyone who might think otherwise: "All the hate you see isn't representative of us."

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