Speaker to address Muslim stereotypes

The event is being held as part of Islam Awareness Week.
Friday, April 13, 2007 | 1:11 a.m. CDT; updated 9:47 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Arsalan Iftikhar, the legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will be speaking about “The Future of Muslims in the West” this afternoon. The event is part of Islam Awareness Week, organized by MU’s Muslim Students Organization.

Omar Waheed, president of MSO, said that the event was advertised to both non-Muslims and Muslims because Iftikhar’s talk will be meaningful to both. Iftikhar will talk about “what we as a community of different cultures, backgrounds and religions need to do to prosper because everyone’s future is intertwined,” Waheed said.

Iftikhar, who completed his undergraduate and law degrees in St. Louis, now works for the council’s national office in Washington, D.C. He has appeared on national news networks, including CNN and MSNBC, to talk about Muslims in the West.

“Arsalan knows a lot of people’s misconceptions and he knows what’s going on around the country,” said Mustafa Mohammad, MSO’s freshmen social chair. “He is in a position to see what Muslims are going through.”

The best outcome, Mohammad said, is for a single person to put aside their stereotypes of Muslims and realize that not all Muslims can be represented by what is on TV.

“We hope a lot of people are there so that we can start working toward a better future,” Waheed said.

The event is at 3 p.m. today in Tate Hall, Room 22, on the MU campus.

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