Free Press Staff Writer
Amid the controversy over the proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York, a Muslim leader told an interfaith audience Friday night that Islam and its holy book value life and peace.
"The Quran is a book of logic, and love, and
understanding...and it's rational," Imam Mohammed Elahi, head of the
Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, said Friday night inside
his center. "It's a shame that so many people in this wonderful land are
ignorant about this faith, and are ignorant about the Quran."
Elahi made his remarks at a Ramadan
dinner, called iftar, that had Catholic and Protestant leaders,
including Fr. Jeffrey Day, the ecumenical and interfaith advisor for the
Archdiocese of Detroit and Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, head of the
Highland Park branch of the NAACP.
Elahi said that misguided people are calling the
Quran a "text of terrorism...what does the Quran have to do with
terrorism and violence?"
It's rather, Elahi, said, "a book that calls for justice, that
calls for love."
said that the misunderstanding is what is driving "this crazy
opposition to construction of the mosque in New York."
Muslims believe Islam's holy book, the
Quran, was revealed in part during the holy month of Ramadan, which
ends the second week of September. Muslims traditionally fast from
sunrise to sunset during the month, breaking fast together at dinner.
"The basic issues in this book (Quran)
are not different from what was revealed to the previous prophets,
Moses, Jesus, and Abraham," Elahi said. "Prophet Mohammed did not come
to condemn the previous faiths, but to complete, and to correct" any
changes made by humans.
Day, the Catholic leader with the Archdiocese, also spoke at
the event, calling for tolerance of Muslim-Americans.
He said "to make sure we are welcoming
to our Muslim neighbors."
"One of the tenets of Christianity...is to bring the
peace of Jesus to everyone that we meet," Day added. "To look to see
how God is in each and every person."
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