By Dahlia Dandashi
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is launching its national #MeetAMuslim Day Saturday with members inviting all to join them in Georgetown and speak to those of Muslim faith.
From noon to 3 p.m., members of AMYA will be holding up signs that read, “I’m a Muslim, ask me anything,” and “Meet a Muslim” at the Wolf Ranch Farmer’s Market, 1015 W. University Ave. to converse and answer questions.
The national, grassroots effort is an attempt to counteract rising Islamaphobia in the country and create open discussion and understanding within communities. Public dialogues will be held in over 100 locations across the U.S. Saturday.
“Pew reports that 62 percent of Americans don’t know a Muslim,” Dr. Bilal Rana, president of AMYA USA, said in a media release. “Our #MeetAMuslim campaign strives to change this by getting out in our local communities and answering questions people have about Islam. Our youth are working to actively promote peace and dialogue, and to clarify misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.”
AMYA is the nation’s largest Muslim youth association working with young Muslim men around the country.