Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout is a Sunni Muslim leader located in South Florida, who has ties to two dozen mosques stretching from Palm Beach County down to Miami-Dade. Because of his important status, the news media, at times, looks to him for quotes regarding events and issues affecting Muslims. One moment, he will tell them that he is a man of peace and against the radicals in his community. The next, he will disseminate material praising brutal terrorist murders and propagating vitriolic hatred of Jews.
"We are not allowed as Muslims to kill women, to kill civilians, to kill children." These were the words of South Florida Islamic leader Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout, as he spoke to reporter Amy Viteri of Miami's WPLG Local 10 News, who interviewed him for a piece that aired about the Paris, France attacks.
Zakkout continued, "If we don't stand against them, it can happen here. It can happen in our streets. It could happen in Miami Beach."