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Oregon Muslims speak out

December 2, 2010

In less than a week, Oregon has seen a botched bomb plot in downtown Portland Pioneer Square by a suspect Mohamed Mohamud who is Muslim and a retaliation arson of a Corvallis mosque that the suspect attended.   In light of the tragic events and national spotlight Oregon Faith Report has collected some of the recent Muslim voices to share their views and fears regarding both the bomb plot suspect Mohamed Mohamud and the mosque arson:

“Muslims are more concerned with how they’re portrayed in the media than how their fellow American treats them. If you get a chance to meet somebody in person, you can show them who you really are, you can have a conversation. People have been really good to us in Eugene, but in the media, we end up having to constantly defend ourselves, to define ourselves in terms of what we’re not, instead of what we are.”
Anwar Adi
Eugene Muslim
Eugene Register Guard

“We have been receiving emails on the web saying we’re terrorists and we should be taken care of and so on and so forth.”
Shahriar Ahmed
Bilal Mosque of Beaverton.
KGW-TV Portland

“I know that some brothers and sisters are now staying inside their homes for fear of retaliation. And it’s really a sad time for us.”
Jesse Abdul Raheem Day,
Portland Islamic Center

“It is sad in our lifetime, in the 21st century, where we see something like this happening. And I wonder what… Is it people are just really ignorant, or they just don’t know what they’re doing? And it’s very sad to see this.”
Kamal Ararso
Muslim Student Association.

“I’ve prayed for my family and friends, because obviously if someone was deliberate enough to do this, what’s to stop them from coming to our homes and our schools? I’m afraid for my children getting harassed from their teachers, maybe from their friends.”
Mohamed Alyagouri
Member of Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center
Eugene Register Guard

“If the allegations against the person in Portland are true, then he’s acting against the teachings of Islam, religions, cultures, and what we believe as Americans.”
Islamic Peace Center Statement
Phoenix, Oregon
KDRV-TV Oregon

“This (act) is not Corvallis,This is a community tragedy, not just a mosque tragedy. I’m not used to seeing these things in this small town.”
Mohamed Alyajouri
Member of Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center
Corvallis Gazette-Times

“He’s not alone, but that is the exact type of mentality that we are trying to stand against, Christian, Muslim, Jew, and reasonable people, globally.”
Shahriar Ahmed
Bilal Mosque of Beaverton.
KGW-TV Portland

“The key is to judge the Muslim community by its actions, not by a few extremists.”
Arsalan Bukhari,
Executive Director
Washington’s Council on American-Islamic Relations
NW Cable News

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Jim Campbell December 8, 2010

Two things profoundly affected my life and my attitude towards Muslims. First, I watched as the second tower was struck by a hijacked plane – killing everyone in the plane and more than a thousand innocent people in the building – I wept….! Second, The pictures on TV of Muslims celebrating these deaths in all the Muslim cities around the world. Those pictures affect my previous views regarding Muslims. I no longer trust when the claim they are not trying to force their religious views on the rest of the world. I say openly there are no “Peaceful” Muslims. What if the rest of the world were to play by their rules – if you are not with us, you are an infidel. Isn’t it SAD that I now have that new conclusion in my head..? More people have died as a result of RELIGIOUS differences than any other reason.

a muslim January 3, 2011

I would suggest that irreligious violence is just as bad as religious violence. Look at Stalin, he killed 20 million people in the name of communism…an anti-religeous and atheistic ideology. Violence is a human flaw and generally the result of many other human frailties such as greed, arrogance and the like.

Muslims did not celebrate 9/11 all over the world! I think that is just taking things out of context. Muslims make up 1/5 of the world’s population. We are human. Some muslims will do bad things just like some chrisians or other religeous people will do bad things. But a vast majority of muslims are decent human beings and we did not rejoice in the deaths of innocent people.

Seriously, what do you think the world would be like if 1/5th of the worlds population was a militant terrorist? Please if you really care to see what Muslims are like, try to meet a muslim in your community and really get to know them as a fellow human. I’m sure you can find someone living near you.

There are many great things being done in the name of faith in a mercyful god. This is a faith which muslims, christians and many other religions share.

Muslims, Christians, Jews and other faith groups all over the world donate very generously to help flood victims, earthquake survivors and people in need simply because we have faith. We have faith in God who showers mercy on us when we help our neighbor in need.

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