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2010.09.15> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

'Islam: Reaching Beyond Stereotypes to Understanding' Set for Sept. 22

Omaha - Islam is a religion often misunderstood in America, and International Student Services (ISS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha aims to facilitate discussion and tolerance with “Islam: Reaching Beyond Stereotypes to Understanding” in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom and Nebraska Room on Wednesday, Sept. 22. This interactive exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ISS member Safyah Alshakhs said the exhibition allows Muslims to accurately represent their religion and culture by clarifying common myths, including the concept of terrorism and the hidden life of Muslim women. Explanations will come directly from the Quran, as well as hadith, which are the sources of Islamic tradition.

"Islam is a progressive and adapting religion that transcends all racial, native tongue, socio-economic and gender lines,” said guest speaker Sayed Mustafa Al-Qazwini. “It is open and free to be explored, challenged, accepted and even rejected.”

Al-Qazwini has achieved recognition as a religious educator, leader and author, as well as founder and director of the Islamic Cultural Center of San Diego. He will present a lecture from 11:30 am to 12:30p.m. during the exhibition.

"The message of Islam is universal,” Al-Qazwini said. “Islam is not intended to be a faith of followers from a certain descent, nor does it belong to one geographical part of the world, nor does it belong to different time era."

ISS is dedicated in providing assistance to the international students with various issues concerning them. ISS deals with social, cultural, and educational issues pertaining to that of international students attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. To RSVP, please visit the website at http://www.doodle.com/nt9uyeya6u7bdct5 before Sept. 10 to ensure a seat. For more information, call (402) 319-9652 or (402) 554-2937.

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