Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Philadelphia organize #MeetAMuslim to clear up misconceptions about Islams

Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/jenice_armstrong/Local-Muslim-sect-wants-to-put-a-face-to-Islam.html

Local Muslim sect wants to introduce people to Islam with #MeetaMuslim effort

Updated: MARCH 20, 2017 — 5:00 AM EDT

When you’re an American Muslim, it’s bad enough that you have to take all kinds of crap from people because of your faith.

But imagine deliberately putting yourself in a position, where you are trying to explain Islam and fielding silly questions from fellow citizens, such as “Are you straight from the Middle East?” and “What religion do you practice?”

Frankly, I’m not sure I would have the patience to do it.

But that’s exactly what members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community subjected themselves to on a recent Saturday. Despite frigid temperatures, they positioned themselves at several locations around Philadelphia, including Ninth and Wharton Streets in South Philly. They stood in small groups, holding up signs saying, “#MeetaMuslim” or “Ask me anything.” They were motivated, in part, by a new poll by the Pew Research Center that reveals what most folks already know: that most Americans know little or nothing about Islam.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a group for Muslim men and boys, organized the demonstrations to clear up misconceptions about Islam. Similar gatherings took place at more than 125 locations in about 80 cities nationwide.

“Our signs essentially said, ‘I am a Muslim. Ask me anything,’ ” explained Dr. Madeel Abdullah, an anesthesiologist who spent a couple of… read more at source.


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