Long Island Muslim leaders yesterday criticized a report by the New York City Police Department on homegrown terrorism, saying they are all for fighting terrorism but that the findings may help perpetuate stereotypes about Muslims.
The report warns of "radicalization" among otherwise unremarkable young Muslim men in the United States who grow disillusioned with life and sign on with jihad terrorists.
"I'm confident that [terrorism among Muslims] is not a major problem in this country, at least compared to European countries where assimilation of Muslims has not been very successful," said Habeeb Ahmed, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, based in Westbury.
He added that "I don't have any problem if somebody does something wrong, definitely arrest that person to the fullest extent of the law. But if everybody is a suspect that does become a problem. You cannot have six to seven million people as possible terrorists, possible suspects."