Milwaukee’s Ahmadi Muslims host their inaugural National #MeetAMuslim Day at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Source: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/03/11/national-meetamuslim-group-used-milwaukees-st-patricks-day-parade-debunk-misconceptions/99077466/

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


As hundreds gathered Saturday in downtown Milwaukee to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a small group set out on a different mission — to debunk misconceptions.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a nationwide group, hosted its inaugural National #MeetAMuslim Day Saturday across 50 cities and 120 locations, including Milwaukee, to encourage non-Muslims and Muslims alike to come together and create an open dialogue.

Carrying signs that read “#MeetAMuslim Ask me anything,” a group of Milwaukee’s  Ahmadiyya Muslim Community members spread out along Wisconsin Ave. between 4th and Water streets.

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“We were there to answer questions that people might have, dispel false information and break down those stereotypes,” said Rizwan Ahmad, the spokesperson for Milwaukee’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Reflecting on a conversation with a man that began hostile but ended with the man and a Muslim Community member embracing in a hug, Ahmad said, “This is exactly why we do this.”… read more at source.

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