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Published on Nov 21, 2016
WASHINGTON (ABC7) November, 21 2015 — American Muslims united Friday night to reject terrorism. More than 100 people gathered near the White House to renounce groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.
"We haven't stood up so far. There are no excuses for this. Today we will stand up," exclaimed Muslim Lakhani, one of the marchers.
While chanting slogans and holding banners some followers of Islam say they've had enough.
"American Muslims believe in peace. American Muslims believe in peace," chanted the group.
"Islam has nothing to do with ISIS, psychopaths that are hijacking a religion," said participant, Nadia Oubrahim.
Friday evening, with the White House as a backdrop, a group of about 100 American Muslims marched up and down Pennsylvania Avenue - with a simple message.
"Sunni, Shia condemn ISIS," they chanted.
"We are united together, all of us, as Muslims against terrorism," stated organizer Muhammad Magid.
Recent terror attacks in Beruit, Paris, and Mali sparked this impromptu rally. Organizers say Muslim Americans can no longer remain silent and allow their religion to be maligned by groups like ISIS, al-Queda and Boko Haram.
"We would like to send a message to these groups that you cannot have us abandoned our freedoms or scare us to stand against you," added Magid.
Muslim Lakhani, a Pakistan native who came to America 10 years ago, said this march is long overdue - and many more are needed.
"We may have not stood before. But we are standing today," concluded Lakhani.
The organizers of the rally say this is just the beginning - what is about a hundred people today, they hope will soon become thousands and then millions.