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Rochester Muslims react to Donald Trump's request to ban Muslims from entering the US


People all over the world are talking about Donald Trump's latest demand.

"A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on," said Trump on Monday.

A day after the Republican presidential candidate took aim at Muslims around the world, Muslims in Rochester are quoting another Republican following 9/11.

"You are not our focus. We are brothers. We are sisters. We are living in the same boat here. We are only trying to weed out the bad guys," said Rochester Muslim Abdi Roble, quoting a message from President George W. Bush.

The response is a sentiment local Muslims still believe.

"I don't think people judge me based on my religion," said Ahmad Siddiqui at a prayer service at Masjed Abubakr Al-Seddig mosque, "They judge me based as a human being."

To these men and women, the acts of terror in San Bernadino cross their core beliefs.

"Islam is completely against anybody who takes someone's life," said Mohammed Mustapha, another Muslim at the Rochester mosque.

It's beginning to make some Muslims wonder.

"What kind of religion do you know where people would abandon a six-month old baby? It just brings tears to my eyes to be honest with you," said Roble reflecting on the child orphaned by the shooters in San Bernadino.

In response they have a message to Donald Trump.

"If you want to collect the votes, reach the people's hearts some other way," said Siddiqui.

For Siddiqui, America is home.

"This is the most comfortable place in the world, I can really, really, very comfortably say that," said Siddiqui.

It's a place where Rochester Muslims say intelligence and compassion will prevail.

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