“Islam is the world’s second largest religion. When you have a billion and a half people belonging to a religion, you are bound to find a few kooks and extremists among their number,” Shista Azad said in answer to our questions about how she reconciles her Muslim beliefs with the actions of terrorists such as Osama bin Laden. Teachers Shista Azad and Maha Elgensidi, Muslim women from the Islamic Networks Group, (which works to educate people about Islamic beliefs), have been in demand since Sept. 11. In the past year alone, they have participated in 726 presentations to history and social studies classes, police officers, corporations with cultural competency programs and other events.


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