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Spokane City Council recognizes Muslim holy month of Ramadan

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

At Monday night's City Council Meeting at Spokane's West Central Community Center, the City Council issued a salutation recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. There were some fears that recognizing Ramadan would be overshadowed by the deadly shooting in Orlando. But that wasn't the case.

Leaders in Spokane's Muslim community say there are still misunderstandings about their faith, and Monday was another step in the right direction.

"I'm an American, I'm a voter, I'm a proud dad, most of my life was spent right here in Spokane," Admir Rasic said at Monday's meeting. Rasic received a warm welcome at the meeting. A gesture he can appreciate.

"American Muslims are too often marginalized and misunderstood," Rasic said.

Rasic and other Muslims in Spokane are all too familiar with hate crimes. Just last year during the holy month of Ramadan, their building, which is used as a mosque was vandalized.

"We had 'Death to Islam' spray painted on one of the community centers here in town and when those happen it hits the children most."

Rasic says Muslims are often misunderstood because of radical religious groups like ISIS, terrorist groups behind many attacks including Sunday's massacre in Orlando.

"Reckless violence like that is never justified, not in the name of Islam and not in any religion, and our prayers go out to the victims of the Orlando massacre."

Rasic doesn't know if the shooting will overshadow Ramadan, but he says he plans to stand united with all Americans, as one, in memory of those who died.

"When we work harder as one and when we see each other as human beings and fellow Americans, we can overcome misunderstandings."

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