CAIR leader Ahmet Rehab told CBS Chicago that Americans need to stop linking the events of 9/11 with the Muslim religion.
He said many Americans are still under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion and that its believers want to turn the U.S. into a Shariah-compliant country.
"It was always a gang of criminals, called Al Qaida, who happened to be Muslim, who are trying to justify their acts through faith and through religion," Rehab said.
He said the U.S. needs to move on from that.
Additionally, Rehab said the American people should not let "politicians, right-wingers and TV networks" make them fear fellow Americans who are Muslim, CBS reported.
He said the way to defeat fear is through hope, and the way to defeat terrorism is through American values and principles.
You can listen to audio from the interview here.
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