Day educates non-Muslims about Islam

Day educates non-Muslims about Islam

There are 6 comments on the story from Apr 26, 2009, titled Day educates non-Muslims about Islam. In it, reports that:

Members of Des Moines' Muslim community worked diligently Saturday to bring cultural and religious understanding to all willing to listen and learn.

The fourth Muslim Recognition Day, a holiday created by former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2006, was aimed at educating the non-Muslim community in Des Moines about the religion and clearing the air of misunderstanding ...

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“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Apr 26, 2009
Re the :

"'... We want to help increase the comfort in our community,' said Luai Amro, 40, the president of Des Moines' Islamic Center.'Misunderstanding and not knowing about our religion creates the biggest misconceptions.'"

The real misconception is that Islam is "the religon of peace": just read what's happening in Pakistan's Swat valley.

“The Defiant Dhimmi”

Since: Apr 08

Scholar of the Obvious

#2 Apr 26, 2009
I donít understand Buddhists but I donít hate them.
It was understanding Islam that made me hate it.

Since: May 08


#3 Apr 27, 2009
>"I think the cultural items like the scarves are really interesting," Cohen said.<


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Since: Nov 08

Jellystone National Park.

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Why does a community have to try to understand a religion . These people have come to that place to live .. so they should learn to live within that community .. for what was there before hand.

After reading the article .. and then the comments afterwards .. I agree with the comments ....

It is not teaching people about Islam at all ... they will only say bits and pieces from the Quran .. and I bet most of the books there would be in arabic so that the every day joe blow wouldnt know what was actually written.

They wont talk about the Hadiths, nor abrogated verses. They wont say about Shari law nor fatwas ....

and this from the article:** "The biggest difference between Islam and other religions is the oneness of God," he said. "We do not believe Jesus is the son of God, and we do not associate others with God."**

We do not associated others with God ... so that means Allah is different to the God of Christians and Jews?????

the other thing that gets me is .. that they respect Jesus ... but dont believe he is the son of God ... WTF .... how can you respect someone if you think that how he came upon this earth ... was in their eyes fabricated ????
An Infadel

Des Moines, IA

#6 May 14, 2009
So being non-muslim makes them want to shoot me, right? I think that's bullshit. I'm not black but i don't want to kill them. I don't want to kill jews or catholics because i'm not one of them. Sure their book preaches peace, but if you look at Iraq and Isreal you see everything BUT peace.

Ankeny, IA

#8 Jul 15, 2009
Joe DeCaro - All religions have used their texts and political power in violent ways to justify their cause, not just Islam.

AthiestOz - the point of understanding people in general is to understand why they do what they do or believe in what they do, not to conform anyone to anything else. This is the country of freedom, therefore, they shouldn't have to become Christian, nor should we have to become Muslim. However, we SHOULD want to understand one other so there are no misconceptions.

There are many resources to read the Quran in English, so if people choose to go somewhere and only listen to someone else speak rather than read it for themselves is no different than Christians going to church on Sunday and listening to the pastor/minister/priest and never reading the Bible for themselves. I attended and they DO discuss Sharia Law, the Hadiths, etc. But how would you know, unless you went? If you want to know more information, why wouldn't you go and ask someone? They don't discuss the Christian Crusades in church either, but if you ask, I am sure a religious leader in the Christian community would explain it to you.

As for the quote, you are misinterpreting what they said. "The biggest difference between Islam and other religions is the oneness of God," he said. "We do not believe Jesus is the son of God, and we do not associate others with God."

What they are saying is that they don't associate other religious prophets (i.e. Jesus, Moses, Abraham, etc.) as directly from God. They believe Jesus was born of a virgin birth and was a holy prophet spreading the word of God, they just don't think he was the true Son of God (nor do they think Mohammad was either). If you took the time to learn about Islam, you would know what he meant. This just proves the point that people need to learn about others' beliefs, so there are not ignorant misunderstandings like this.

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