Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Understanding Islam: Voices From Pittsburgh

Mar 30, 2016
World Affairs Council

Islam is practiced by1.6 billion people around the world and is often misunderstood by many non-Muslims. On this special edition of Essential Pittsburgh, we present a discussion on the beliefs and practices of Islam held before a live audience at the Community Broadcast Center in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Our special guests include Safdar Khwaja, President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Wasi Mohammed, Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

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Muslims are not perfect, but Kelcey Sharkas believes the religion can be.

Sharkas, outreach coordinator for the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, said growing misconceptions about Islam – from national political rhetoric to the Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Muslim Taxi Driver in Hazelwood – have created a need for deeper spiritual and cultural understanding.

The center hosted a training Saturday for non-Muslim attendees on how to be a friend and supporter of those faithful to Islam and its teachings. 

Carlow University

 

With increasing concerns over anti-Muslim extremism, local Muslim-Americans are pairing with Carlow University to talk about religion and their experiences living in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday’s event, called “The Muslim Next Door,” was developed with the intent of dispelling myths about Islamic stereotypes.

The panel includes speakers from the Turkish and Islamic centers of Pittsburgh and Carlow University students.

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Following a call to prayer at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh Saturday, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police outlined a five-point plan to help protect the city’s Muslim community.

“With increasing Islamophobia in America, it is very important that community leaders and local authorities both collaborate to be as proactive as possible in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the Muslim Community,” said Wasi Mohamed, executive director of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

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Nearly every follower of Islam living in the United States has a story of being bullied simply because they choose to worship Allah.

Humza Ahmed, a member of the University of Pittsburgh Muslim Student Association, said he was beat up after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

A Local Imam Confronts Misinterpretations of Islam

Jan 26, 2015
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

 

Pittsburgh area Muslims are challenging the message of extremists involved in the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. We spoke with Sheikh Atef Mahgoub, from the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh in Oakland.

He says the killers were not defending the honor of Islam, and that they have done nothing but destroy the reputation of the Muslim religion. Mahgoub says he thinks it is fair to criticize any idea, including religion, but to do it in a civilized manner. 

He explains how exhausting it is to try to convince people that these violent actions are not the religion and wants to have Muslims educate the world in what the religion stands for.