HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The news of a 20-year old woman from Hoover moving to Syria to join the terrorist group, ISIS is sending shock waves through the community. The local Islamic group held a news conference Monday night about the extremist group.
A spokesman for the council on American Islamic Relations answered questions about the young woman, named Hoda Muthana, including how she spent more than a year withdrawing from her congregation before tricking her family and leaving for Syria to join ISIS. The spokesman, Hassan Shibly, is also an attorney and he has been working with law enforcement to try to bring Hoda back to the US. He’s also been working with her family.
Shibly said Hoda was in touch with the extremist group through social media outlets, like Twitter. Her account has since been suspended.
“I don’t think words can describe the pain that they’re suffering,” said Shibly at Monday’s press conference, “and right now they just want privacy, they want time to heal, and at the same time, they want to make sure that their pain is felt nationwide so that no other parents go through the suffering that they’re going through.”
Shibly condemned ISIS and the extremist group’s use of social media to lure Islamic youth.
“The youth of the community have been affected in that they are very scared,” Shibly said. ‘They are very scared that they may be blamed for the wrong actions of a desperate, misguided, brainwashed young woman.”
Shibly said counseling is available for local Islamic youth to help deal with potential bullying and hate crimes.
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