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30,000 US citizens embrace Islam every year: Scholar

30,000 Americans embraced Islam every year in spite of negative propaganda against Muslims and their religion.

Source : APP / 15 May 2013

Marriam Ahmed, a US scholar, Wednesday claimed that an estimated 30,000 Americans embraced Islam every year in spite of negative propaganda against Muslims and their religion. Marriam Ahmed, Assistant Director Programmes and Operations in the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, United States, was addressing as a guest speaker of a lecture titled “Islam and America Today: From 9/11 to Boston Bombings” here at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Female Campus.

The lecture was attended by Director of Female Campus Dr.  Zaitoon Begum, Chairperson Department of Politics and International Relations, Dr Noor Fatima, husband of Marriam, Omar Ahmed, a human rights lawyer in the US and a large number of the students.

Marriam Ahmed, who also embraced Islam, observed that majority of the Americans have incomplete knowledge of Islam and Muslims, which is one of the main hurdles that creates a gap between the Muslim world and the US.

She said that Pakistan and the US shared constitutional and democratic values and stressed upon the need of bridging the gap by introducing the common values of both countries which were not widely known on both sides and through disseminating the actual message of Islam.

There is an urgent need to comprehend Islam in the US, not only for the sake of its ideals like compassion, knowledge, peace and interfaith harmony, but in order to achieve peace and understanding with the approximately seven million American Muslims, 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide and 57 Muslim states, she added.

The US scholar stressed that people in both the US and Pakistan, including in the government, media, academia and public, must work to understand each other through inter-religious and inter-cultural initiatives.

She also noted that Pakistani immigrants in the US played vital role in its progress and serve as bridge builders between the two nations.

Earlier, Dr Noor Fatima welcomed the distinguished guest and apprised the audience about the works and contributions of Marriam Ahmed in the field of interfaith harmony.

Dr Zaitoon Begum, in her vote of thanks, appreciated the lecture and termed it a step towards bridging the gap between Muslim world and America.


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