HAGERSTOWN -- Dr. Abdul Waheed said the Koran, Islam's holy book, teaches this: "If you save one life, you save the entire human race. If you take a life, you kill the entire human race."
Thursday's mass shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas -- allegedly by a Muslim U.S. soldier preparing to be deployed to a war zone -- violate the beliefs of Islam, Waheed said.
"Islam does not condone the killing of innocent people," said Dr. Tanvir Pasha, the president of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, which has a mosque near the eastern edge of Hagerstown.
Pasha and Waheed said Muslims, like the rest of the country, are saddened by the killings and have expressed sympathy.
"We're supposed to share with people what we would want for ourselves," said Kasim Burmi, the society's imam, or spiritual leader.