CA: Muslims Hope to Change Perceptions


TRACY — After the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Anees Ghani said there was a lot of backlash against Muslims. She said people compared the prophet Mohammed — the Islamic messenger of God — to Adolf Hitler, and the Quran — the Muslim holy book — to Mein Kampf. Many also said terrorism came from the Quran. Ghani gathered Muslim-American women who wanted to do some research and check for themselves. For the past two and a half years, Ghanis group — which averaged about 15 people a week — would rotate their readings from house to house, with studying for an hour often followed by as much discussion and eating.

We read the book from A to Z and want to share with our neighbors there is nothing related to terrorism, Ghani said. It is a message of peace. It calls for cooperation with people of all beliefs. On Saturday, Ghanis group is presenting the conclusions theyve spent the past 30 months reaching. The program, called Getting to Know Your Neighbor, begins at 2 p.m. at the Tracy Library.

 


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