Quebec mosque shooting rattles local Muslims

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After six Muslims were killed and several others were injured in Quebec, Canada, local Muslims we spoke with are feeling a variety of emotions, including fear. (WPVI)

After six Muslims were killed and several others were injured in Quebec, Canada, local Muslims we spoke with are feeling a variety of emotions, including fear.

Here at the mosque in Northern Liberties we spoke with Nagy Motosh, who can't believe things are coming to this.

"It's hurt me, of course. We feel disappointed and feel afraid about our kids and our generation," he said.

He says his two adult children are thinking about leaving the country. That includes a son who is an engineer and a daughter who is a police officer.

"They call me and say 'Dad, we're sorry, but we're going to apply for a job in another country," said Motosh.

We also spoke with attorney Amhed Solomon. He's the former president of the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association.

He's calling for unity among cultures.

"There's a verse in the Quran that says God put you on this earth so you can get to know one another," said Solomon.

Sami Hossain of the Voorhees Islamic Center told us they've bulked up security.

"We have safety and security systems set up in this building. Cameras and locks," said Hossain.

He puts a lot of the blame on the current political climate on why shootings like the one in Quebec have happened.

"Sooner or later something like that is bound to happen with the sentiment that's going around this country and throughout the world basically," he said.

We were told it is unlikely mosques would start to turn people away.

"I don't think Muslims will ever lock their doors. They'll always be hospitable, welcome people in, have discussions," said Solomon.

But instead we're hearing about the need for a better understanding of our communities.

"We have to do some sort of outreach effort by the communities and individuals who have some sort of phobia, need to get out of their comfort zone because we are getting out of our comfort zone as well," said Hossain.

The imam told me that if anyone ever wants to learn more about their faith, or just build a friendly relationship, anyone is always welcome to meet.

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