Source: The Huntsville Times
On January 13, 2006 The Huntsville Times reported, "One of the aspects of his faith that Aladin Beshir, the new president of the Interfaith Mission Service, treasures is the Prophet Muhammad's teaching about 'ummah,' or community... Beshir, 50, an engineer who moved to the United States from Egypt when he was a teenager, grew up in a neighborhood in Egypt where Christians and Muslims helped each other as neighbors, and racial differences were noted only the way hair or eye color is noted in the U.S. That sort of tolerance and mutual respect does not happen by accident, he said. That's why he helps with the Interfaith Mission Service's work to build racial, religious and community understanding... IMS began out of the maelstrom of the 1960s racial turmoil. While Huntsville escaped some of the more sensational conflicts of the civil rights era, community leaders here, including IMS founding members Charles Ray and Chuck Vedane, came together to attempt to help the black and white sides of the community find ways to work together. With the increasing diversity of Huntsville, IMS now includes members from other faiths and a rainbow of cultural backgrounds."