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On the heels of Major Nidal Hasan's court martial and ultimate death sentence , Texas Muslims are dismissing radical views of their faith.

Hasan claimed his attack was motivated by his Islamic faith. Other Muslims say his actions could not be further from the true Muslim teachings.

"Murdering someone is completely against Islam,” Austin-based Muslim leader Usama Malik said. “It is completely abhorrent to the teachings of the prophet and of the Quran."

Muslims say their faith teaches them to be a positive part of society, and murder is completely against the teachings.

Many family members of those killed in the Fort Hood massacre also agree with Malik. Even through everything they suffered, they knew these were the actions of one man.

Gale Hunt’s 22-year-old son Jason was killed in the attack. Despite Hasan’s claims, she holds nothing against the religion of Islam.

"Anyone who would use their religion to commit acts of terrorism serves no God except their own hatred and self interest," Hunt said,

While recent headlines paint a negative picture of Islam, some Muslims see it as a call to step up and show people what their faith is about.

"This is an opportunity for us as Muslims, and we should take advantage of it, to teach people what the true teachings of Islam are," Malik said.

Muslims in the Killeen Muslim Center declined an on camera interview for personal reasons. Members did say they are ready to put the trail behind them, and that Hasan's actions do not reflect any of their teachings.

Some of the members from the Killeen center did testify in court and confirmed that Major Hasan did attend prayers there.

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