Distancing themselves from the bloody riots that have rocked cities around the Muslim world following the now-infamous Danish cartoon defamation of the Islamic prophet, moderate Muslims from the Bay Area held a forum on Sunday to reaffirm their faith’s tenets: love and peace in the name of Allah.

The open house at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara was aimed at educating Muslims and non-Muslims alike on “how Muhammad would have responded through education and rejected violence,” said Safaa Ibrahim, executive director of the Northern California chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The forum, called “Explore the Life of Muhammad,” drew a multiethnic crowd of several hundred people. It was sponsored by CAIR, the Muslim Community Association and American Muslim.


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