Muslim panel tries to help local Islamic students deal with Islamophobia

SCHENECTADY, NY (NEWS10) – Muslims representing several countries around the world told their own personal stories of how they struggle with islamophobia, or as they define it, the hate against their religion.

Some of these faces at this table may speak different languages but they all have one thing in common and that’s that they are American Muslims working to send out a message.

With the recent events taking place worldwide, it has brought up sensitive topics as to who’s behind the attacks?

This group of people said it’s not them.

“The fingers being pointed at American Muslims now and here’s a lot of suspicion about American Muslims”, said Muslims of America Public Relations official Muhammad Matthew Gardner.

The panel addressed the act of removing the negative stigma that comes along with being an American Muslim and how they identify themselves separately from those who commit violence.

“We are against killing people like that. We are against strapping ourselves to explosives and blowing ourselves up. We don’t think that there’s vengeance because we do that”, said Gardner.

And so, they’re reminding the community they’re just like anyone else and want to do good for the world.

“This is not what we practice. We are not part of that idealistic approach to life. We want to live in peace”, said Gardner.

This conference was just one of their many efforts in bringing light to these issues by saying they won’t stop taking a stand for their religion.

“We still have a lot of work to do”, said Gardner.

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