Thursday, August 30, 2007

Don’t base definition of Islam on actions of a few extremists

by Rev. John Darlington from The America Muslim

Mohamoud Hamud serves the public as an “Islamic Religious Counselor” at Saint Marys Hospital. Like the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish chaplains in his office, he is gentle and compassionate in his mannerisms, respectful of others, but strong in his convictions. He reminded me that the Rochester Islamic Center Mosque is open every month on the last Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for dialogue with the people of Rochester, MN. Non-Muslims are encouraged to voice concerns or raise questions with the goal of eradicating negative stereotypes and bringing the community together. Hamud is quick to admit that there are Wahabi and other Arab Muslims who twist the intrinsic “Way” of the Qu’ran to conform to their own narrow and destructive purposes, just as there are Christians and Jews who do the same with their own Holy Book.

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