Islamic-American Relations

On August 1st, 3 educated muslims spoke to MIPA camp in a panel answering questions of campers

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  2. Today at MIPA, Nour Abu-Haltam, Imam Sohail Chaudhry, and Hauwa Abbas spoke about islamaphobia, its effects, stereotypes, religion, and culture. #weboost #mipa2017
    Today at MIPA, Nour Abu-Haltam, Imam Sohail Chaudhry, and Hauwa Abbas spoke about islamaphobia, its effects, stereotypes, religion, and culture. #weboost #mipa2017
  3. Reporting is everything from asking questions to live streaming to taking pictures and videos! #mipa #mipa2017 #islamicamericanrelations
    Reporting is everything from asking questions to live streaming to taking pictures and videos! #mipa #mipa2017 #islamicamericanrelations
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Imam Sohail Chaudhry is an imam in East Lansing, Michigan. He moved from Pakistan to West Virginia when he was 17. In his early adult years he taught Islam in public classes as well as teaching and converting in prisons across the country. When asked the question “What do you want to say to the people who are ignorant about muslim and the religion of Islam,” his answer was, “They are going to cause their own downfall because ignorance is like a disease, it spreads in the heart, it kills all your good qualities as a human being. It’s not good for their own health or their own well being or their own spirituality and their own minds. The best kind of people are the positive people who are always looking to learn and to challenge themselves to go to uncomfortable places.”
    #mipa2017 Imam Sohail Chaudhry is an imam in East Lansing, Michigan. He moved from Pakistan to West Virginia when he was 17. In his early adult years he taught Islam in public classes as well as teaching and converting in prisons across the country. When asked the question “What do you want to say to the people who are ignorant about muslim and the religion of Islam,” his answer was, “They are going to cause their own downfall because ignorance is like a disease, it spreads in the heart, it kills all your good qualities as a human being. It’s not good for their own health or their own well being or their own spirituality and their own minds. The best kind of people are the positive people who are always looking to learn and to challenge themselves to go to uncomfortable places.”
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Hauwa Abbas is a MSU graduate with a degree in advertising and was the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the campus Muslim Student Association. She works at the East Lansing Mosque alongside Imam Sohail. When asked the question, “When stereotype do you believe is the most opposite for you and why,” her answer was, “That I am of Middle Eastern decent because I am wearing a scarf or because I’m muslim and that is not true. I am born and raised here in Lansing in the United States and I am from Africa. That is one of the one of the main stereotypes, people think I’m Arab, but I’m not, I’m black.”
    #mipa2017 Hauwa Abbas is a MSU graduate with a degree in advertising and was the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the campus Muslim Student Association. She works at the East Lansing Mosque alongside Imam Sohail. When asked the question, “When stereotype do you believe is the most opposite for you and why,” her answer was, “That I am of Middle Eastern decent because I am wearing a scarf or because I’m muslim and that is not true. I am born and raised here in Lansing in the United States and I am from Africa. That is one of the one of the main stereotypes, people think I’m Arab, but I’m not, I’m black.”
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Nour Abu-Haltam is a MSU student studying neuroscience. She is on the Muslim Student Association as the Director of Community Outreach. She volunteers at the local East Lansing Sparrow Hospital. When asked the question, “What do you believe is the best part about being Islamic American,” her answer was that Ramadan was her favorite because even though there is fasting she loves being with my friends and family and eating together and being together.
    #mipa2017 Nour Abu-Haltam is a MSU student studying neuroscience. She is on the Muslim Student Association as the Director of Community Outreach. She volunteers at the local East Lansing Sparrow Hospital. When asked the question, “What do you believe is the best part about being Islamic American,” her answer was that Ramadan was her favorite because even though there is fasting she loves being with my friends and family and eating together and being together.
  7. Twitter Posts using the hashtag #mipa2017
  8. Facebook Live streamed by Upstart Writer Fenna Semken
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