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Local Muslim community looks to educate vandal

7 May 2012 General 12 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL?- Both the Koran and the Bible have references to loving thy neighbor, said Sheik Osman, a board member of the Islamic Center of Marshall, so whomever defaced the sign outside the meeting place on Main Street should follow that rule. The person also needs to make amends and find out more about the Islamic culture.

“What he or she knows now is just stereotypes from the media,” Osman said. “That person should listen to what we have to say – get firsthand information – and then decide to ask for forgiveness.”

Osman said the Islamic community does not want to press charges against the vandal, but instead wants to educate and come together neighbor to neighbor.

“I study the Bible,” Osman said. “I’ve noted where it says at least eight times to love your neighbor as yourself.”

Osman said Chapter 4, Verse 36 in the Koran includes the phrase “be good to the neighbor who is near of kin and the neighbor who is a stranger.”

Although the Muslim community bought the Main Street house two years ago, the sign saying Islamic Center of Marshall was recently placed in the front yard – and was promptly defaced with orange spray paint in April. Other incidents of vandalism took place around Marshall at that time as well including Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

“No one has the right to go to a place of worship and vandalize,” Osman said. “What is the benefit?”

Osman said he doesn’t know who did the damage – “it could be a Christian, it could be a Muslim. There are bad Christians and there are bad Muslims.”

Osman said the Center is a place to prayer and is also a community center.

“It’s a place of worship and socializing among Muslim men, women and children. Non-Muslims are welcome to ask any questions,” he said.

The Muslim community had rented a meeting space in downtown Marshall, but were able to buy a house to have a permanent location. The house was damaged in the July 1 storm, so it has received new siding and roofing. The house is undergoing other renovations as well.

“We are making the garage into a space for the women to pray,” said Ahmed Omar, the owner of the Hindi grocery store and deli in Marshall.

Currently there is a kitchen and dining room and a room for children to do homework or watch TV. They also want to create a play area for children.

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  1. “Non-Muslims are welcome to ask any questions,” how do you reconcile your quote from the koran with muhammad stoning people to death, and lashing them and cutting of their hands. with ali burning athiest? with any number of hadiths????????

    why is it that muslims don’t seem to understand, that you can have 200 verses about love and kindness, but once you kill people for not wanting to follow your religion, all that goes out the window????????

  2. Respect your neighbor, whatever religion they have/haven’t.. And the word will be a better place for all.

  3. “why is it that muslims don’t seem to understand, that you can have 200 verses about love and kindness, but once you kill people for not wanting to follow your religion, all that goes out the window????????”

    Why is it that Christians can’t understand? What about the Crusades? The Inquisition? The Witch Hunts? Millions of people have been killed in name of the their god, while the Bible oscillates between genocide and pacifism. There’s only one genocidal religion being put on trial in our world, why?

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, eh? Let moderate Islam prevail on its bin Ladens and maybe moderate Christianity will prevail on its Anders Breiviks.

  4. People have lost common sense no thinks any more, everthing they hear and see must be true. No one listens to facts , like how 99% of all the people in the three main religions are descent people. They rather believe the 1% tell us that all men and women are evil and watch us fight one another.

  5. Why do believers in love your neighbors religions wage wars???

  6. who came up with this 72 virgins bullshit anyway? it is NOT in the quran, so who is the asshole who made up this lie?

  7. It’s a question of numbers,Momo. What we have on hand is millions of people living in theocratic delusion. The rest of us learned from the Inquisition, etc. that combining religion, any religion, with great temporal power, is a mistake that results in hideous oppression.

    Should these people ever seize political power they would stamp you and yours into the mud, freely murdering whoever doesn’t fit into their pattern, just as they have done and are doing elsewhere

  8. momo,

    great questions. i don’t no why people would be christians given the brutallity of the bible.

    “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” i don’t think muslims believe jesus said that?

    so how would you define a moderate muslim? would you say the egyptians are moderate? checkout these numbers, speaking of rajm. you do know muhammad stoned people? you do know that sunni muslims strive to follow the example of muhammad?

    http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1184

    “There’s only one genocidal religion being put on trial in our world, why?” i think that might be because in the “christian” west there is freedom of religion written into the secular laws. and you don’t see people in charge carrying out old testament punishments. you don’t even see the declared jewish state ranting about torah law needing to be implemented. but i’m glad to see you agree that the god of abraham is genocidal. this is why we can’t allow religious law into the courts.

    “Let moderate Islam prevail on its bin Ladens and maybe moderate Christianity will prevail on its Anders Breiviks.” i wouldn’t hold your breath on that one. as long as these religions exist there will be fanatics within them.

    also if you look at the muslim world it seems to be moving backwards. the salfist, wahabbist, the rise of the taliban. even the turks seem to be moving away from modernity and secularism.

  9. “even the turks seem to be moving away from modernity and secularism”

    I guess you consider modernity and secularism as oppressing a Kurdish minority, not allowing girls with headscarves to go to university, and forcing a military constitution. The government right now is religious, but it is the best that the Turkish Republic has ever had.

    What an ignorant fool!

  10. Ralph, it’s not those who love their neighbors that wage wars. It is the tyrants and dictators.

  11. The populations are cowed by the violence of the Salafis, etc. and do nothing against them. Many think they stand for purity. There were those who thought the Inquisition stood for purity also.

    Turkey was squashing the theocratic element, now it is swinging the other way. Turks apparently always oppress and kill Kurds and Armenians and kick Christians around. The salient feature of theocratic arrangements is to harass those of the “wrong” religion/tribe.

    Nothing like watching huge numbers of people running in the wrong direction, possessed of the idea of tribal superiority over the rest of the world. Very like Nazis and communists.

  12. Hilmi,

    “I guess you consider modernity and secularism as oppressing a Kurdish minority,” so you are saying the kurdish conflict has been lessened? not sure what that means?

    “not allowing girls with headscarves to go to university,” yeah that was a bad law, wasn’tthat repealed in like 98? like i said i’m a libertarian.

    “The government right now is religious, but it is the best that the Turkish Republic has ever had.” sad statement for turkey? sure you don’t think the ottaman empire was better? so you support the stoning of adulterers? the lashing of drunks? the lashing of fornicators? the crucifying and cutting off hands and feet on oppisite sides of those who spread “mischief”? so you support women inheriting half as much as men?

    please educate this ignorant fool? i can barely read.

    ataturk was a genius to try and weed out sharia. your religious law is wacked. so you support sharia in america??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? doubt you’ll answer. you just call poeple names and think ur clever!!!!!!!!! lol

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