WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – World leaders continue to respond to Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim statements. 22News spoke with Muslims in Western Massachusetts about how it’s impacting them.
“I am Muslim. I’ve lived here nine years in the United States,” said Javat Azizov. He, his wife, and entire family are proud, practicing Muslims. Since they moved to the United States from Russia nine years ago, Azizov’s store, Parus, has catered to the large Islamic community in West Springfield, selling Middle Eastern food, hijabs and prayer rugs. In his store, Azizov sells the Quran. He said many people come here to buy it and it’s a book that teaches only peace, not hatred.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed to ban all Muslims from traveling to the United States. 22News found many supporters of Trump’s plan in Western Massachusetts.
“These are people only believe in jihad. They don’t want our system. And have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Donald Trump told supporters Monday.
He said many Muslims living in the U.S. hate America. Not Azizov’s wife: In her native language, she told her husband she loves living here. Azizov said Trump, his supporters and ISIS all unjustly blame the Islamic religion as a whole, for the radicalized actions of a few.
“When we see that and watch TV and watch any problem to Muslims, we don’t like that because people I think get crazy…every religion has bad guys, every religion has good guys, we can’t use just the religion,” said Azizov.
This, just days after President Obama urged Americans to embrace Muslims as the world unites to fight ISIS.