Des Moines Mosque Hosts Open House in Wake of London Attacks

July 10, 2005

Source: The Des Moines Register

On July 10, 2005 The Des Moines Register reported, "Last week, while preparing for Saturday's open house at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, one of the Muslim organizers received a disturbing phone call. 'Tell me, when are you going to blow up another bus?' asked the male caller, making an apparent reference to last week's terrorist attacks in London. The imam of the center, Ibrahim Dremali , says the call is indicative of some people's lack of understanding when it comes to Islam and the Muslim people. Some Americans still equate peace-loving Muslims with foreign terrorist extremists, forgetting that there are at least 2 million Americans of the Islamic faith. Saturday's open house was intended to help 'break the ice between Muslims and non-Muslims,' Dremali said. About 70 people attended a morning presentation at which Dremali and a panel of guest speakers sought to dispel some of the more common myths associated with Islam."