SAN DIEGO — The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks changed many Americans’ opinions of Islam.

A recent study found one in four Americans believed Islam is a religion of hatred and violence.

Five times a day, those of the Islamic faith turn toward Mecca and pray. It is a prayer of peace.

“Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims are peaceful people,” said Taha Hassane of the Imam Islamic Center of San Diego.

Nearly 1.5 billion Muslims all over the world turn toward Mecca for the prayer of peace every day.

However, 25 percent of Americans think Islam is a violent faith.

“It is extremely important to engage a process of education within our fellow citizens,” said Hassane. . .

Edgar Hopida left his job to join the Council on American-Islamic Relations. His concern now is of recent talk of profiling Muslims during airport screenings.

“Now, the problem is how we profile a Muslim. As you see, I’m a Filipino. There are white American Muslims and African-American Muslims,” said Hopida.


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