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Understanding Islam forum held in Raleigh Thursday night

Posted February 18, 2016

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— Fighting Islamophobia was the focus of a forum at the Raleigh Islamic Center Thursday night, held by Leadership Triangle, in an effort to share the challenges of Muslims.

Among the challenges discussed were misconceptions about the Islamic faith, fear of Muslims, questions about attire and linking terrorism to Islam.

The presentation focused on the history and religious observances of Islam.

“[I learned] a bit more knowledge about what Islam is and how close it really is to Christianity, and where their roots are,” said Katie Gailes.

The actions of ISIS and recent tragedies, like the murder of Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razon Mohammad, created fear among Muslims.

Forums like the one held Thursday night are designed to break down the misconceptions through education.

“I think this sort of interaction just reinforces the sense of diversity,” Matt Kopac said. “What makes us strong comes from that diversity, and that skills, talents, backgrounds and beliefs that we bring.”

Fiaz Farred said he believes the Triangle will be more understanding and accepting of Muslims and their faith.

“We are no different; yes, there’s a church where people go to pray, worship, communion, community work,” Farred said. “We’re exactly the same, except it’s done a little different way; that’s all.”

The Islamic Center will hold an open house on March 5 for the public to learn more about Islam.

“I’m just honored to be a part of learning what’s going on right here in the Triangle,” Peggy Tatum said. “I’m not afraid anymore.”


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  • Fanny Chmelar Feb 19, 2016
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    Paul Jennings Hill, Eric Rudolph, Scott Roeder, James Charles Kopp, Charles Barbee, Robert Berry, Jay Merelle and Robert Lewis Dear can start your discovery.

    Heck, just look at the great deeds of the Army of God members alone.

  • Sean Creasy Feb 19, 2016
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    Wow right back!! In the last 20 or 30 years how many Christian terrorists have killed indiscriminately in the name of God?

  • Sean Creasy Feb 19, 2016
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    If you're not Islamic then we don't like you, accept you, or tolerate you and we are not going to assimilate into your culture but instead demand that you change yours to fit ours.... Doesn't that about sum it up??

  • Matt Wood Feb 19, 2016
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    Wow, so much ignorance here. How many times was Christianity used by the KKK to justify the killing of blacks? How many times has God's name been invoked while bombing other countries, killing innocent children? How many times does the Bible reference putting non-believers to death? Answer to all: many times! Meanwhile, so-called Christians have sat back and lauded the above actions.

  • Dan Brusk Feb 19, 2016
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    Where are all the comments? Looks like once Facebook was integrated everyone left.

  • Dan Brusk Feb 19, 2016
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    I encourage everyone to read the Quran. I have and have studied it out. A religion where their doctrine glorifies eradicating those who do not believe in Allah and support Islam are, by their faith, should be killed. Infidels shall die. This is their doctrine. Wral if you moderate this and this and delete this you have not done your homework. I have shrapnel in from an IED in my leg from prove it. Islam will not quit until all Infidels are persecuted. Please study up. If Christians were cutting heads off of non-believers there would be outrage amongst other (real) Christians. We have not seen any outrage. The silent majority lies in wait.