USA: Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Portland hopes to dispel misconceptions with ‘Meet a Muslim’ campaign

Source: http://koin.com/2017/07/08/trio-hopes-to-dispel-misconceptions-with-meet-a-muslim/


Trio hopes to dispel misconceptions with ‘Meet a Muslim’

They want to start an open dialogue with people who may not know any Muslims

PORTLAND, Ore. (Pamplin Media) — Six months after his talk at Pacific University, Harris Zafar and friends bring ‘Ask a Muslim’ to Hillsboro plaza

Arman Butt and Rafael Vacahoping are hoping to have an open dialogue with people who may have questions about Muslims. (KOIN)

Arman Butt and Rafael Vacahoping are hoping to have an open dialogue with people who may have questions about Muslims. (KOIN)

As anti-Muslim comments and attacks increase across the country, so does Harris Zafar’s counterattack: friendly conversations.

Zafar, who came to the Portland area 30 years ago, is the national spokesman for theAhmadi Muslim community and regularly appears in magazine articles and on television.

Last December, he came to Pacific University to try to dispel negative stereotypes many Americans hold about Islam.

Shortly afterward, he set up a weekly “Coffee, Cake and True Islam” table at Washington Square Mall in Tigard, inviting people to sit down, have refreshments and ask about his faith.

He started doing something similar in western Washington County June 2. From roughly 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday at the … read more at source.

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