Monday, March 25, 2013

More whitewashing of Islam in the Northeast; University of Maine Muslim Student Association presents "Misconceptions about Islam"

If you want to know everything you need to know about Islam and terrorism, here is the perfect chance. Well, not really but you get the idea that there will be little to chew on at this annual mosque open house except the disinformation and tired lies we hear constantly about how Islam is a religion of peace and that Muslims reject jihad and sharia law, and that this lecture is needed because of the rampant Islamophobia that is killing Muslims.  There is nothing new here, just more of the standard pablum that is supposed to mollify the uninformed.  Unfortunately, millions believe this tripe, and willingly carry water for their "moderate" Muslim friends.

From the Bangor Daily News March 21

Islamic Center open house to feature speakers on Islam and terrorism

ORONO, Maine — A California marriage and family counselor will outline the “Psychology of a Terrorist” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the annual open house at the Islamic Center of Maine, 151 Park St.

Yassir Fazaga of Mission Viejo, Calif., will talk about what factors, including religion, shape a terrorist. He also will discuss “Misconceptions About Islam” at 9 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.

The programs are sponsored jointly by the University of Maine Muslim Students’ Association and the Orono mosque.

Fazaga was invited to speak in Maine after officers in the Muslim student group heard him lecture last year at a national conference.

In this country, terrorism is mainly associated with Islam,” Nabeel Hashmi, 20-year-old president of the Muslim Students’ Association, said Wednesday. “We want to break that misconception.”

The only way to break the misconception that Islam and terrorism are bedfellows is to stop those who use the texts and tenets of the Qur'an and hadiths of Muhammad to justify the murder of non-Muslims.  It is not non-Muslims that are the problem, it is Muslims who follow the behavior of Muhammad who have created the problem.  Until this is addressed in honest and open debate, Islam will continue to have a PR problem.

Hashmi, who graduated from Bangor High School, said that the student group and members of the mosque were looking for a “hot topic” that would be relevant and entice people to attend the event.

Vice President Abdulraheem Sbayi, 20, of Lincoln said the Muslim Students’ Association is partnering with the Honors College in an effort to broaden students’ education and to bring more cross-cultural involvement to the Orono campus.

“There are many misconceptions about Islam, but a lot of them are minor details,” Hashmi said. “There is a lot of mixing between religion and culture. We want to be able to help students separate the religious form the cultural...

Impossible to do, as Islam is a complete social, familial, economic and political religion.  You cannot separate the religious from the cultural in Islam.

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