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Triangle Muslims invite public to learn about Islam

Posted February 26, 2011
Updated February 27, 2011

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— The recent violence in Egypt and Libya resonates here in the Triangle, as Muslim and Middle Eastern populations continue to grow.

The Islamic Association of Raleigh, which serves thousands of area Muslims, sponsored the annual "Meet Your Muslim Neighbor" event Saturday to boost awareness about the Muslim community at home and abroad.

"A lot of people are curious to know about the five daily prayers, how Muslims pray, why they pray," said Imran Aukhil, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Raleigh, where hundreds of Triangle residents gathered to build community between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Like many Americans, Raleigh resident Marsh Hardy has seen media coverage about increasing turmoil in the Mid East, showcased by anti-government demonstrations in Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen, among others.

Hardy said it's time the Muslim community in the Triangle became more visible.

"I think it's very timely for this mosque to have an open house and show people more about themselves," Hardy said.

Aukhil said he's glad to see non-Muslims taking an interest in learning more about Islam.

"I think this is a good opportunity for the public to learn about what Islam really teaches to the masses," he said. "If you look at what's happening, for example, in Egypt and Tunisia, you have peaceful demonstrations. You have people coming together for the purpose of changing their condition."


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  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 28, 2011

    I went to the mosque in Raleigh for a religion class I was taking. This was in 2002. I wasn't impressed, the imam there seemed more concerned with damage control than really explaining some of the more strict rules of Islam, such as death for those that leave, and why the religion has been hijacked by extremists and why no other Muslims will speak out against them. I just didn't feel like I could trust anything the guy was saying.

  • dlk13ster Feb 28, 2011



    It's like I always say: being Catholic didn't turn the IRA into a terrorist organization--being embittered and angry at English "invaders" (who also HAPPENED to be Protestant) did.

    There are "terrorists" of virtually every religion and faith tradition. Indeed, the word "zealot" actually comes from a Jewish separatist movement that terrorized Roman settlers and "Roman sympathizers"--both Jews AND Gentiles--during the Judean Rebellion.

    Which is why I feel like this is a great idea. Very few problems in the world arise from TOO MUCH understanding and open dialogue between people.

    I'm sure there ARE some, of course, but none immediately spring to mind.

  • NationalWaffleAssociation Feb 28, 2011

    This is terrific. The only way we can start to get along with each other is stop being xenophobic and learn more about people who are different from us.

  • grumpyhermit Feb 28, 2011

    ConcernedNCC - I didn't see that artical so I can't comment on its methodology or conclusions, but I know that Islam itself is a peaceful religion, although it has been twisted by cynical leaders in some parts of the world to further their own divisive, hate-filled agendas. The very first words of The Holy Qur'an are: "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful." I think drawing parallels between mainstream citizens of the U.S. who are Muslim, and zealots who buy in to hate-filled teachings, is like drawing parallels between mainstream citizens of the U.S. who are Christian, and zealots who buy in to "Christian" hate groups.