US MUSLIM REMAINS CALM DEALING WITH ANTI-ISLAM CAMPAIGN

Shamsi Ali. photo: Jusufkalla.info
Shamsi Ali. photo: Jusufkalla.info

New York, 27 Dzulqa’dah 1435/23 September 2014 (MINA) – Muslim community in New York,  United States are in good and settle conditions in dealing with anti-Muslim campaign that goes viral in social networks, said the imam of the New York Islamic Center Shamsi Ali.

“We are not too concerned with it, especially the American society is getting to know the real Islam,” Shamsi told Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA), Monday.

According to media reports, starting Monday, the anti-Islamic posters were placed on roads and public buses in the New York city,  in order to support the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in particular and Islam in general.

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The cleric who is also director of the Jamaica Muslim Center considered the provocative campaign will have no effect on Muslims life, in fact it will make Islam better known as a religion of peace and mercy.

“So I assume it’s just stretching waves of struggle that will motivate the spreading of Islamic da’wah,” said Shamsi.

Commenting on the group who sponsors the campaign, American Freedom Defense Initiative, Shamsi said Pamela Geller (co-founder of the group) is  a kind of desperate as she has spent all of her efforts in stemming Islam but never succeeded.

“I see it as desperation. Various ways have been done but no effect,” said Shamsi.

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The South Sulawesi-born cleric with his team also said he had met the mayor of New York Bill de Blasio  in order to stop such provocative campaign.

Bill de Blasio, on Friday said the campaign of provocation was “outrageous and wrong”.

“The messages of hate only serves to break down and stigmatize when we must come together as a city,” he told The New York Daily News on Friday, when this discourse appeared on the media. (L/R04/R03/P3)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)