The Muslim Student Association hopes to dispel misconceptions about Islam
- Nov. 5, 2012
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Danielle Reed, a junior from Carlise, Penn., converted from Christianity to Islam three and a half years ago. Before conversion, Reed served in the U.S. Army during the Sept. 11th attacks. She met a Muslim man, now her fiancé, who helped change her views on Islam.
Reed attended the Importance of Interfaith Dialogue: An Interfaith Banquet presented by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) on Saturday. The banquet was the first event to celebrate Islam Awareness Week. During the event, panelists discussed similarities and interfaith issues among Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The panel consisted of Justin Held, a senior from Plymouth, Minn., who represented the Jewish community, Peter Steimle, a former University student and pastor, who represented the Mormon community, and Abdulbaki Agbas, an associate professor of biochemistry at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, who represented the Muslim community.
“It was really awesome to see different viewpoints,” said Nicole Gilmore, a sophomore from Baxter Springs. “Many times people get so enclosed in their own beliefs without actually considering other points of view. It was good to see other faiths come together and talk about larger issues that are current in today’s society.”
MSA is hosting more events throughout the week in conjunction with Islam awareness week. Event times and locations can be found at calendar.ku.edu. The organization also has an informational table set up in the Kansas Union lobby until Friday.
“Our goal is to open up to the community and let them know that we’re a part of the community as much as everyone else is and show people that we can all co-exist together, and that we do not hate anyone,” said Saima Azad, the secretary for MSA.
With its events and info tables, MSA plans to shed light on stereo types of Muslims and educate people about misconceptions of Islam.
“In America, there are very aggressive views towards Islam and they categorize the extremists,” said Sean Gilmore, a sophomore from Baxter Springs.