Linda Sarsour, former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, could not bring herself to forcefully condemn this week's terrorist attack in New York City.

Instead, she chose the occasion to defend Islam by stating, "Every believing Muslim says Allahu Akbar every day during prayers. We cannot criminalize 'God is Great'; prosecute the criminal, not a faith."

Her comment sparked reactions from moderate Muslims on Twitter who believe in calling out radical Islamism in all its sinister and violent forms.

In response to Sarsour's comments, British author Maajid Nawaz promptly tweeted, "To make your priority right now the 'image of Islam' and not the 8 dead victims is – frankly – disgusting. You. Are. Not. The. Victim. Here."

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