Combating Islamophobia Through ‘Meet A Muslim Day’

From Jihad Watch:
The The Muslim Student Association recently hosted a “Meet a Muslim Day” at Cal Poly Pomona. Similar events have been held at universities across the continent. The celebration of the harmless aspects of cultures (such as food, music, dance) should be what “diversity” initiatives are about, but they have become politicized and are often run by groups that are masters at identity politics and neck-deep in sinister agendas. The MSA is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. But far too many Westerners are fooled by a happy face, a warm hug, a handshake, and the feeling of a stylish hijab being tenderly placed on their heads — a gesture that is often included in such events.
The event was intended to inform students about the value of their Islamic culture and religion.

Rayyan Musulmani, a second-year biology student involved in MSA, expressed her desired outcome of this event….”We’re just hoping to remove any stereotypes that people have of Muslims and just to understand that we’re a peaceful religion….And just because that 1 percent of Muslims committed terrorist attacks, like obviously we’re not responsible for those. We just want to put out that we’re peaceful too.
If only the problem were just the Muslims who have committed terrorist attacks. What aspects of Islamic culture and Islamic jurisprudence were on display at this event? If non-Muslims “meet and greet” a Muslim who is friendly, then the Muslim persecution of Christians and others will not disappear. Neither will the jihad imperative to conquer the House of War. The Hamas and PLO Charters dedicated to the obliteration of Israel will not be thrown in the dustbin. The murder of gays and apostates under Islamic law will not end. Nor will honor killings. Blasphemy laws, female genital mutilation, Sharia-mandated inferiority of women, child marriage, Sharia patrols, no-go zones, and Muslim rape gangs will not disappear. Iran’s efforts to revive the Persian Empire, Turkey’s efforts toward a revived Ottoman Empire, the global funding of jihad terror by Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brotherhood plan to conquer North America will all still exist. Were Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) banners displayed at this Muslim Student Association “meet and greet”?

To question, criticize, and call out abuses that are sanctioned under Islamic law, and to document the expansionist imperative of several Muslim states (as well as of the global jihad in general) is deemed to be “Islamophobic” by mainstream Muslim groups. Yet there is reason for grave concern about Islam that a meet-and-greet cannot make go away, particularly when such an event is hosted by the Muslim Student Association, which is linked to Hamas. The ongoing insults to Western intelligence are palpable.

The Poly Post:
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) hosted “Meet a Muslim Day” at University Park on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The event was intended to inform students about the value of their Islamic culture and religion.

“The number one reason there is Islamophobia is that people have never actually met a Muslim,” said Hadi Nasr, a third-year urban regional planning student and president of the Muslim Student Association. “Their only perception of what a Muslim is through media and typically those outlets are not the best representation of what a Muslim is.”

Booths provided a variety of cultural activities to encourage students to start a conversation about defying Islamophobia and stereotypes about Muslims and to help them really understand the religion and culture of Muslim people.

“You come out here and you can see what we do outside of the classroom and how we want to spread our religion in a cool way just like everyone else,” said Maryam Saleh, a second-year business marketing student. Students were able to try on hijabs and get henna tattoos.

Another booth offered notecards where students could get their names written in Arabic calligraphy.

There was also a questionnaire booth where people could ask questions and express any fears or concerns based on Muslim stereotypes and get answers.

Rayyan Musulmani, a second-year biology student involved in MSA, expressed her desired outcome of this event.

“We’re just hoping to remove any stereotypes that people have of Muslims and just to understand that we’re a peaceful religion,” she said. “And just because that 1 percent of Muslims committed terrorist attacks, like obviously we’re not responsible for those. We just want to put out that we’re peaceful too.”…

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