Come to a special meeting of the Brown Baggers Bible Study, 12 noon-1:30 pm, in H1 on Friday, October 21 to meet an American Muslim. Moina Shaiq, who began organizing community events in January 2016 to help “separate fact from fiction, and fears, about American Muslims like herself,” will be the group’s special guest.

 

The Arizona Republic published a story about her Arizona visit, which includes other venues along with Paradise Valley UMC. Read more at AZCentral: http://azc.cc/2ey8ZUP “Meet a Muslim” sessions come to Arizona, Oct. 20-25. Moina Shaiq will visit five churches and a library, inviting anyone to ask her any question they’d like, no holds barred.

 

Moina Shaiq began the “Meet a Muslim” events in early 2016, and they have been so popular that she decided to expand her reach into Arizona. In 2008, then-state Sen. Ellen Corbett named her Woman of the Year — the first Muslim to win this honor.

 

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle reported:

“Shaiq’s quest to change the perception of Muslim Americans, one uncomfortable question at a time, comes after mass killings in Paris and San Bernardino prompted a new wave of scrutiny of the community. Donald Trump suggested banning Muslims from entering the country, while fellow presidential candidate Ben Carson claimed Islam is not a religion but a “life organization system.”

When she launched the event, Shaiq chose local coffee shops as a neutral place and thought maybe a few people would show up. If not, she figured, she’d sit, have some coffee and get some work done.

The first night of Meet a Muslim, which she advertised on Facebook and in Bay Area newspapers, was held in January — and Shaiq’s expectations were blown away. Around 100 people, mostly non-Muslims, came to Suju’s Coffee & Tea.”

 

She answers questions like these:

  • How do Muslims practice their faith?
  • how does Islam view other religions?
  • What is Sharia law?
  • Are women oppressed in Islam?
  • What is the Islamic view of terrorism?
  • What factors contributed to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism?

 

This event is open to everyone. No RSVP needed.

 

To read more about Shaiq, and her events in California, visit: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Lively-Meet-a-Muslim-events-seek-to-break-down-6814176.php

 

The Brown Baggers Bible Study meets weekly on Fridays at 12 noon, usually in G2, the church library. Bring your lunch and enjoy a discussion with fellow believers. This fall, the group explores Adam Hamilton’s book, Half-Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. During Advent, they usually follow the church-wide study. Contact Dave Hepburn for more information about the group.

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