PLEASANTON, Calif. (KTVU) – Two 16-year-old boys stood outside the Pleasanton Farmer’s Market hoping people would stop to talk to them. The sign they held read: Meet A Muslim. Ask me anything.
“We’re hoping they ask us questions and start a conversation,” said Ughman Monen of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.
“That’s the first step in breaking down boundaries in what people think and what’s not true.”
Saturday was national “Meet A Muslim Day,” with events organized across the United States; seven in the Bay Area.
The day was organized after a Pew Research study revealed 62% of Americans will go their entire lives never meeting a Muslim.
The youth volunteers fear media reports on terrorist attacks are the only information about Muslims that many Americans will receive.
“They see a Muslim carrying a gun or killing someone, they think that’s Islam,” said local organizer Raza Ahmad. “That’s not Islam. That’s the exact opposite of Islam.”
At the Pleasanton Farmer’s Market several people stopped to ask questions about Islam, such as ‘Do Muslims believe in Jesus?’ “Yup. We believe he was a prophet just like the prophet Mohammed and we should respect him as well,” said Monen.
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