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ENMU student discusses Islam


September 11, 2008

Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Rabiah Memon held a presentation Thursday at the school that focused on debunking the myths and misunderstanding of Islam.

Memon told the crowd of about 60 students and residents that as a Muslim she is often asked how she felt about the terrorism attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon seven years ago.

“I think what happened that day was wrong,” said Memon, who is originally from Pakistan. “Islam prohibits any act of war or terrorism.

“The scripture of the Koran is righteous teachings that does not approve the killing of innocents,” Memon said.

She said she chose Sept. 11 because it is when a lot of people begin to question Muslims and their thoughts on terrorism.

After the presentation, Memon held an open discussion and answered questions about Islam and Muslims from the audience.

“I came to this presentation as part of a class, but it was more than I expected,” said ENMU senior Amanda Price.

The most surprising thing was learning that the Koran contains righteous teachings, Price said.

“The way that the media portrays Islam leads you to believe that the Koran is bad,” Price said.


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