So over 50 people showed up to the talk at theYWCA Northeast Indiana yesterday and I had a blank flash card ready on every seat. Before I started my talk, I asked them to "write what comes to mind when you hear the word Islam/Muslim" and followed that I will collect the cards and shuffle them to keep the anonymity of whoever would want to ask a question that they may think is inappropriate or politically incorrect. Imam Nuh went through the cards as I did my presentation and then both of us tackled the questions thematically and allowed opportunity for counter questions and further explanations.
The four cards below represent the predominant themes of what was on peoples' minds yesterday.
Here is what they say:
"Peace and modesty"
"Misconceptions. What can i do?"
"Our country's automatic racism/prejudice against Muslims (for many, not for all). Political leaders who make things worse"
I would say that these have been the predominant themes in all the talks I have given not just yesterday's. And my answer to the "what can I do?" Question is
#BuildBridges #LightACandle #BeACandle
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