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Chicago Area Muslims Outraged By Donald Trump's Comments

(CBS) -- In campaign 2016, Donald Trump is known for his controversial comments, but some say he's reach a new low with his latest targeting Muslims.

CBS 2's Mai Martinez talked to local Muslims who say if that's how Trump really feels he should end his run for the White House.

For Chicago-area Muslims, prayer is a part of daily life.

"Mainstream Islam is all about peace," said Reem Hobeldin. "It is a beautiful religion."

But she and other members of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago feel their religion is under attack because of mis-association with ISIS. Adding to that misinformation are comments from Donald Trump, who has said, "According to Pew Research among others, there is a great hatred for Americans by large segments of the Muslim population," and "It's going to get worse and worse. You're going to have more World Trade Centers."

In a statement, Trump even called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

He later clarified that he would not block Muslims who are U.S. citizens.

"What Mr. Trump has done is really trying to play with the fears of the community after the attack in San Bernardino," said Mohammed Kaiseruddin, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. "Muslims community denounces all terrorist actions against civilians."


"Those Islamaphobic are contrary to everything this country stands for are values of diversity and inclusion and our history of being a refuge for people of all religions," said Tabassum Haleem of CAIR. "If he's going to keep going this route, then he should step down."

The council says the hateful rhetoric takes a toll on Muslims, especially children and young people.

"They are facing isolation," said Kaiseruddin. "They're facing their friends who used to be friends, are not talking to them in a friendly manner anymore.

"On one hand they're reminded that there Americans and then on the other hand they're told to get out," said Tabassum.

The council fears that type of rejection could make some of those young people vulnerable to ISIS recruiting.

As for Trump, the council says he should visits mosques in cities where he campaigns so that he can get to know real Muslims.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday joined the chorus of politicians denouncing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call to bar all Muslims from entering the United States.

Rauner says he "strongly, strongly" disagrees with Trump, although he said cooperation between federal agencies and the states on the background of refugees could be better.

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