Muslim youth are encouraging the public to ask them questions about their faith Saturday across the country and at a planned event in Fresno. It’s part of a national effort to promote understanding of all people.
The national “Meet a Muslim Day” event was originally planned in Fresno from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but organizers later moved the time to 5:30-7 p.m. in the River Park shopping center, 71 E. Via la Plata. Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, a nationwide group that works with young Muslim men, are expected to hold signs reading: “I’m a Muslim, ask me anything,” and “Meet a Muslim.”
A blood drive was also scheduled to take place during the social event.
“Our mission is to always promote dialogue and understanding between all people,” said Bilal Rana, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, in a news release promoting the events.
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Rana cited a Pew Research Poll that said 62 percent of Americans don’t know a Muslim. Eighty events are being held across the country. Six similar events were planned in California, including Fresno’s.