US Muslim community in Pennsylvania holds forum in bid to address Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA- The Muslim Community of South Central Pennsylvania held a forum on Sunday called, “United Against Hates.”

The purpose of the forum was to educate people about what it means to be Muslim and to address Islamophobia. Many in attendance say they worry about extremists as much as anyone else.

Extremists do not represent a majority of Muslims.

“The pre-911 America is totally different from the post 9/11 America. I never once felt like somebody who wasn’t American until after 9/11. When you are pulled aside at airports, when you are interrogated, when people are viewing you with suspicion, when your wife and children are being stigmatized. It’s just sad. This is not the America our forefathers imagined,” said Dr. Yasir Qadhi who is a professor at Rose College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Qadhi was the guest speaker and a resident scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center. When asked about Donald Trump’s past comments on Muslims, he had a strong response.

“This is not the country that I grew up in. The irony is he wants to reclaim the America of the past. He wants to “make America great again”. The best way he can “make it great again” is to get out of the presidential race because he is not making “America great again,” he said.

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