CALEXICO — Seeking to foster greater cultural understanding of Islam, San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus and its Committee for Diversity and Equity hosted a forum about the religion Wednesday night.
While an overview of the Islamic faith was presented, the discussion also covered the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the differences between Islam and the extremist beliefs of those suspected in the attacks.
Though there are some 7 million Muslims in the United States, including 200 to 300 in the Imperial Valley, Islam is a religion many Americans know little about. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, many Muslim Americans want to answer questions people have about their faith and dispel myths.
Contrary to what many may think, Islam is actually a peaceful religion, explained Omaram Abdeen, a representative of the Council on American Islamic Relations.