This is the press release by he Unitarian Church. I am very happy that the church is helping me and the other Muslims to speak out. People of Quincy, please come and listen to what we have to say. The more educated we become the less ignorant we are, and therefore less fear and less hatred. This press release should have been in the paper this Saturday, but didn’t make the dead line i presume. Therefore I am posting it here.
November 25, 2015
The Islamic Center of Quincy an…d the Unitarian Church of Quincy are co-hosting a public forum, Islam: Fact vs Myth, Saturday, December 5, 10:00am-noon at the Unitarian Church, 16th & Hampshire.
The format will include a panel discussion of the basic tenets of the Islamic faith, myths and common misconceptions, and differences between the teachings of the Qur’an and the recorded sayings of the Prophet Mohammed. Issues related to current events, as well as the role of the media, both traditional and social, will also be addressed. A question-answer session will follow.
Panelists are Dr. Zakiah Ali, retired Quincy physician; Omaima Ebeid, former adjunct faculty at Culver-Stockton College; and Dr Mohamed El-Bermawy, professor at Culver-Stockton. “We think it is important, especially in the current political climate, to make sure people have accurate information,” Ali says.
“We appreciate the panelists’ interest and willingness to come and discuss Islam in light of the increased terrorist activities around the world. We are hopeful that this event will help promote increased understanding throughout our community,” says Lynn Mercurio, chair of the Unitarian Church Social Action Committee.