Asian Muslims Travel to U.S. to Study Practice of Islam in America

April 6, 2004

Source: The Courier-Journal

On April 6, 2004 The Courier-Journal reported, "A group of Muslims from Asia embarking on a monthlong study visit to the United States made pledges of friendship and pleas for religious tolerance yesterday at a University of Louisville forum. The 14 religious and intellectual leaders are visiting under a $343,785 grant from the State Department, participating in a UofL program designed to show Muslims abroad how Islam is practiced in America. A.N.M. Wahidur Rahman, a professor of philosophy from Bangladesh, said he came to help overcome 'the misunderstanding between the West and the Muslims.' Rahman said he would be telling Americans in the coming month: 'Islam is a religion of peace. Terrorism and extremism is not allowed in Islam. ... No true Muslim can support this.'"