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Muslims stand for peace, leader asserts at mosque open house today



Published: Sun, October 7, 2012 @ 1:21 p.m.

Muslims stand for peace, leader asserts at mosque open house today

By SEAN BARRON

news@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN

Randa Shabayek wants to reinforce that the vast majority of Muslims stand for peace and should not be judged by the few who distort and misinterpret the Quran’s teachings.

“We’re all brothers and sisters,” Shabayek, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Youngstown, said in expressing a main theme of today’s fifth annual open house at the Masjid Al-Khair mosque, 1670 Homewood Ave. on the South Side.

The four-hour gathering, which continues until 3 p.m. today, features tours of the mosque, as well as a variety of ethnic foods, clothing, books and pamphlets on the Islamic faith and activities for children.

Filling the mosque’s basement were the aromas of samosas (triangular-shaped pastries filled with potato or ground beef) and chicken biryani (a rice-and-chicken dish), both prepared by Saeeda Ghani, an Islamic Society board member.

The two ethnic dishes, along with bhel puri (tortillas with chicken peas, yogurt or chutney that can be complemented with spices) and chanas (spicy chick peas), originate in Pakistan, she explained.

Other foods included pickled tomatoes, hummus, grape leaves and spinach pies.

On the sweeter side of things was cotton candy prepared by Manal Hamdan, a society member.

Ghani said she also hopes more people will come to events such as today’s open house to gain a greater understanding of the Islamic faith.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1kurtw(864 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Everyone has some concept of Divinity- who or what God is: for some God is personified- a real person, a Father and a Son, a Prophet, etc. - and that is the Middle Eastern Tradition based on Divine Revelation. Judaism, Christianity and Islam follow this approach. For others, God is a mystical force, identified with nature: Buddhists, and all Eastern Religions follow this path.

Interestingly, when adherents of the Middle Eastern approach "chill out" and lose some of the literalism of their beliefs, they become more like Buddhists- they mellow out and become more peaceable.

That suggests to me that "Buddhism" (or something like it) is the default position (closest to the way human beings are supposed to be) and that the Middle Eastern approach is an aberration- a violation of human nature- which accounts for the incredible violence which those religions have generated.

So, having said that, it follows that the peaceful Islamics are peaceful because they no longer take their religion seriously. The real followers of Islam, as contained in the Koran, are the Jihadists- not the ecumenical "peace loving" people that you find in the local group mentioned in your article. Mohammed would have disowned those people.

Therefore, given what is happening in the world (post 9-11) we should remember this fact and not be taken in by appearances.The regrettable reality is this: Islam is our enemy and that's not going to change for a long time until the followers of Islam become Buddhists.

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2MVfoodjustice(1 comment)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

KURTW: Peaceful Muslims have no more forsaken their religion than peaceful Christians have forsaken theirs.

As a 100% pro-life Christian (death is not the answer before or after birth, for the innocent or for the guilty), I do not let violent or crazy "Christians" define my faith or have their only their say with holy scripture.

Both the Quran and the Bible's Old Testament have passages that, if used literally, would be deadly, violent and result in behavior at odds with a modern civil society.

The gentle people I met at the mosque today did not try to convert me, nor I them. As a Christian, I know God loves all people and seeks their worship and allegiance. The historical Jesus is a wonderful connection between Christian and Muslim believers of good will.

A relationship of respectful friendship - that clearly admits differences about the ultimate role of Jesus - is the place I chose to start for a more humane Mahoning Valley.

With God, all things are possible.

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3kurtw(864 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I understand your approach. The only problem I have is that in all Middle Eastern Religions- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam- the "word of God" is just that: "The Word of God" so what justification is there for not taking it literally? It came directly from God, so anyone who strays, is an apostate. It's illogical to say that certain instructions came directly from God, and, then, not to take them literally. It doesn't make sense.

Buddhists don't have that problem- they identify Divinity with Nature- that was my point in saying that, possibly, Buddhism is the 'default" position to which everyone goes to when they give up Superstition.

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4MLC75(529 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

I could use a laugh after reading the heading,Muslim's stand for peace.

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5southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Muslims are simply another group of people in the world...think of them what you may, but they are still part of human race.

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