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ALBERT LEA, MN — Those of Islamic faith are sometimes tied in with terroristic incidents, including Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, but in Albert Lea Tuesday one is trying to dispel some of those myths.
Adeel Ahmed has been active in the Muslim community since college and is a founder of the Muslim Youth of Minnesota.
The goal of the presentation is to make sure people know a little bit more about those who follow Islam.
“Hopefully we can get over that hump that when it is someone that has an Islamic heritage, and there’s a lot of Muslims in America now, that if it is someone like that, that their actions are not attributable to Islam or to the wider Muslim community,” Ahmed said.
He said it is unfortunate that incidents like 9/11 took place and put this stigma on the Islamic religion.
“We’re peace-loving people, we don’t condone these actions, we don’t like them and when it happens in the Muslim worlds, we’re trying to stop those types of actions there as well,” Ahmed said.
He said he hopes events like these will take care of the stigma associated with Muslims and terrorism.