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Wilmington imam says faith is powerful; violence not the answer

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The death of a US ambassador and three other Americans has the spotlight back on Islam.

After the attack on the American consulate in Libya Wednesday, people were left with many questions including Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

"How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we saved from destruction," said Clinton.

We decided to look for some answers to questions like why would a YouTube video motivate people to kill? An Islamic leader in Wilmington says he does not think violence is the answer but he knows Muslims take their faith very seriously.

"The religion is always before the culture not the culture before the religion," said Abolullah, an imam at the Islamic Center in Wilmington.

Abolullah says to portray any prophet of God is an insult to Islam and has very serious consequences.

"In Islam honor is the power of our faith," said Abolullah. "If you insult one of our prophets or one of the prophets from Adam: the Prophet Mohammed, if you insult one of them in the power of faith you are not going to enter paradise."

Abolullah has not seen the YouTube video that allegedly motivated the attacks but he says he thinks there may be more to the story.

Now the Obama administration is investigating if the attack in Libya was a planned terrorist attack to mark the anniversary of September 11th and not a spontaneous act over a YouTube video. Intelligence officers say the attack was too coordinated and professional to be spontaneous. We'll have more information on this developing story as they become available.

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