Fear has become a major force in U.S. politics, resulting in the stereotyping and marginalizing of our Muslim-American neighbors. The Eden Area Interfaith Council sponsored a forum this past Saturday that aimed to counter fear with an informed message.
We heard from five practicing Muslims about what it is like today to be Muslim in America, Islamophobia, the challenge of ISIS, and how we can be better neighbors and peace builders in our community.
More than 175 people attended this informative panel and Q&A at the Castro Valley Library on January 30, 2016. Thank you to the wonderful panel of speakers: Dr. Asad Tarsin, Sara Kim, Hina Khan-Mukhtar, Mike Kim, and S. Mahdy Amine. If you would like to invite this panel to your congregation or community organization, their website is islamicspeakers.org
You can watch the entire panel and Q&A here.
Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church in Hayward, one of our member faith groups, penned this wonderful letter of support to the Bay Area Muslim Community. All five mosques in Hayward have posted the letter on their bulletin boards.
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Thank you to the 30+ individuals who joined us today at the San Lorenzo Library to learn about Islam, Muslims in the Bay Area, radicalization, and Islamophobia. Dr. Mohamad Rajabally, a long-time interfaith activist and speaker in the Bay Area, gave a historical timeline of Islam, Muslims in America, and the contemporary issues Muslims face to gain acceptance in the American mosaic. Audience members had many questions including about ISIS, Shariah (Islamic law), and theology. Dr. Rajabally said he is ready and open to visit and speak before any congregation or organization to dispel myths and further understanding and partnerships. He can be reached at email@example.com. Here also are other Islamic speakers.
The Eden Area Interfaith Council represents diverse religious organizations in the East Bay that promotes respect for all faiths and human rights for all. We are a collective of religious groups in the East Bay's Eden Area, including Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo. We represent local Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other faith groups.
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