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Islamic inaccuracies cleared by history faculty

by Kristina Livingston
Mon, Feb 13th 2017 11:00 am

Dr. Malik Salahuddin of the history department believes it to be crucial, now more than ever, for Americans to educate themselves on the Muslim faith. Throughout his lecture, "Why do the Arabs hate us?", presented in the McCue Auditorium Thursday, Feb. 9, Salahuddin discussed his personal history of immigration, from his time as an Indian refugee in Pakistan at the age of 30 to his travels to over 45 countries.

Salahuddin spoke on the similarities and heritage shared between Islam, Christianity and Judaism, as well as ways in which Islam has been framed negatively by figures and nations throughout history.

"If a Muslim moves one inch this way, he becomes a Christian," Salahuddin said. "If a Christian moves one inch this way, he becomes a Muslim."

Highlighting transgressions committed against Arab states based on the prominence and vilifying of the Muslim faith, Salahuddin educated the lecture hall on past events which have structured inter-nation relations, such as the early Christian view of Islam and the prophet Muhammad, who was deemed "the anti-Christ". He also spoke on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, a Zionist movement which resulted in the deaths of approximately 13,000 people and the destruction of more than 530 villages, according to the aljazeera.com article, "Ethnic cleansing of Palestine" by Mohammed Haddad.

Despite the prominence of anti-Muslim rhetoric and action, Salahuddin believes the U.S. to be the greatest country he has visited in all of his travels, tainted by hatred.

"I am a very proud Muslim, a very confident Muslim," Salahuddin said. "I have personally gained a lot from being here."

Throughout the lecture, no sole answer was given to answer the title's question; rather, it is up to the audience member to accept that education, which can sometimes best be provided by those directly impacted by history, is the key to understanding that which we are taught is abnormal.

According to Salahuddin, emphasis on history courses and a belief in humanity's capability to commit absolute good will resolve the prejudice against Muslims he considers rampant in the U.S.

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