Wichita Muslim community reacts to bomb plot arrest

Published On: Dec 16 2013 05:30:30 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 16 2013 06:38:59 PM CST

The U.S. Attorney made a point to say Terry Loewen's bomb plot was not a religious act., even though court paperwork mentions numerous references to the Muslim religion.

Spokesperson Jim Cross cleared that up Monday. He says even though Loewen thought he was Muslim and made statements that blowing up Mid-Continent Airport was something Allah wanted him to do, Cross says Loewen never had any ties to the local Muslim community.

Muslims pray 5 times a day and are required to pray together every Friday, that's something Loewen never did even though he claimed his bomb plot was an act of jihad to please Allah.

"Majority of Muslims in the world, they don't practice that, they don't promote that, said Hassam Madi with the Islamic Center of Wichita.

Madi is a prayer leader at the Islamic Center of Wichita. He's never met Loewen or seen him at the center.

"The Justice Department and U.S. Attorney Grissom have came out and said he has had no affiliation, and he is not a practicing muslim either," Madi said.

But knowing some of the alleged statements Loewen made to undercover agents during the bombing investigation, worshipers and police are taking extra precautions to make sure nothing happens to local muslims in retaliation.

"We are vigilant, we are paying attention to places of worship around town that might be potentially protested or targeted," said Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte.

The Islamic Center has it's own security too. Still, Muslims welcome people to learn more about their religion,

"The building is open and anybody can come attend any of the lectures or sermons," Madi said. "They would hear what we promote. We promote good character, we promote good morals, we promote good citizens."

So far the Islamic Center of Wichita has not had any threatening phone calls, acts of vandalism or anything like that since Loewen's arrest last Friday.