Monday, February 26, 2007

Walid speaks in the US Virgin Islands

http://www.onepaper.com/stthomasvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1153549027

Imam Tells UVI Audience How to Learn About Islam
by Christopher Stowens

Feb. 24, 2007 -- "Go to the source: If you want to know about Islam, talk to a Muslim," said Imam Dawud Walid Friday evening, speaking at the University of the Virgin Islands.

The Islamic cleric spoke for more than 90 minutes in a wide-ranging discussion and question-and-answer session on the nature of his religion. "If you want to learn, go to the Muslim community right here in St. Thomas."

Walid, 35, encouraged people to engage with Muslims, to ask questions of each other: "If you wanted to learn about Hinduism, you wouldn't go to a Muslim, would you? Don't let people like Pat Robertson explain or define Islam to you."

When questioned about the role of women in Islam, he smiled and deferred to the Muslim women in the room. "They are not oppressed, and they can certainly speak their minds," he said. "They can talk about it themselves."(MORE)


Another story is linked below:
http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article?id=17604621

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