Members of the local Muslim community.
tonight say they have fear as our country moves forward.
They says Donald Trump has helped stoke the flames
of fear about Muslim-Americans.
and don't know what to expect in the next four years.
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I was scared.
I'm fearful of people who look like me, people who
pray like me.
THAT WAS HOW AYESHA MALIK FELT WHEN SHE HEARD THE
NEWS NO ONE PREDICTED.
DONALD TRUMP WAS GOING TO BE THE 45th PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES.
MALIK SAYS SHE'S AFRAID FOR MUSLIM-AMERICANS LIKE
A MINORITY THAT TRUMP HAS DISCUSSED EXTENSIVELY THROUGHOUT
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I'm scared of the hate crimes that will start to spike.
There's already an 89% spike in hate crimes against
ADMIR RASIC HAS LIVED IN SPOKANE FOR THE LAST 16 YEARS.
AND SAYS HIS FAMILY IS ALSO WORRIED ABOUT HOW DONALD
TRUMP'S LANGUAGE COULD PUT THEM IN DANGER.
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We've heard his rhetoric, and some of that troubles
us as American-Muslims.
Specifically, calling for greater surveillance of
mosques, imposing stricter restrictions on Muslims
entering the United States, things of that nature.
BUT BOTH MALIK AND RASIC SAY THERE IS HOPE FOR THE
COUNTRY MOVING FORWARD.
AND THAT STARTS HERE ON A LOCAL LEVEL.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.
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A lot of the times, this divisive politics, fear-mongering,
happens because we don't know people who are unlike
BUT, NOW THAT DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT.
MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY SAY IT'S TIME TO RALLY
AND HELP CREATE A MORE UNIFIED NATION.
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The only thing that we can do now is give him a chance.
Malik volunteers with the Spokane Interfaith Council.
which brings people of different religions together.
She says this work is more important than ever.
and we need to take an active role in better understanding
Drew Reeves, KXLY 4 News.