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US: Quran exhibition held to debunk stereotypes, build understanding

Twelve standing display posters filled the Bray Center’s gymnasium, explaining Quran verses relating to topics like blasphemy, prophecies, peace and women’s rights.

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Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | US Desk
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By Lindsay Fiori | December 8, 2012

RACINE — The Quran is not about terrorism and hate, said Daud Ahmad, a member of Racine’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Rather, he said, the Muslim holy book is a text of peace and justice.

“It’s not a terrorist religion. It doesn’t support any acts of terrorism,” Ahmad said. “We want to bring a more positive light to the religion of Islam as well as show the beauties of the holy Quran.”

To do so, the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held a Quran exhibit Saturday at the George Bray Neighborhood Center, 924 Center St.

Twelve standing display posters filled the Bray Center’s gymnasium, explaining Quran verses relating to topics like blasphemy, prophecies, peace and women’s rights.

“People ask me about the way some women are treated in certain Muslim countries,” Ahmad said, explaining the unequal, mistreatment of women “is not in accordance with what the holy Quran says or with the practices of the prophet Muhammad.”

To Muslims, the Quran is a compilation of verbal revelations given to Muhammad, a messenger of the Islamic god Allah. The Quran is Islam’s scripture and it lays down religious philosophy and codes for social and moral behavior, according to posters at the Saturday exhibit.

Those codes include giving to those who are less fortunate and, instead of killing religious blasphemers, leaving their company until the talk changes, the posters said.

The Quran also says blasphemers or religious enemies should be treated with justice.

“Let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice,” the holy book reads, reiterating elsewhere that, “Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others.”

The Quran also goes beyond conduct, touching upon science and prophecies, said Ahmad, a 39-year-old painter from Racine.

For example, he said, the centuries-old Quran mentions the use of fingerprints for investigative purposes. It also hints at the spread of environmental pollution caused by man, posters said.

About 15 people were milling about the Bray Center reading those posters at 2 p.m. Saturday, halfway through the four-hour-long exhibit’s time slot. All 15 of those people were associated with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community but a few random people had stopped by earlier, said Hasan Hakeem, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Racine, Kenosha and Lake counties.

Any size turnout is fine, said Hakeem, 64, of Waukegan, chaplain of the Kenosha County Jail.

“If one person comes through here and sees this exhibition, that person goes out and tells others and then we dispel these myths that this is all about war.”

  —  lindsay.fiori@journaltimes.com

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