Zahra Billoo sheds light on misconceptions about Muslims

By on March 31, 2017

By Dustin Massengill–

The executive director of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Zahra Billoo, explained her faith and culture in “Bans, Borders and Bigotry: Not My America” at a packed Chao Auditorium March 30.

Billoo said the political and social climate has been skewed against Muslim Americans before 9/11, but discrimination and hate has grown over the last few years. A YouGov poll from 2015 found that 68 percent of Americans had never personally met a Muslim and 55 percent had a somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion on the Islamic religion.

“The attacks on President Obama were about him being black, and a secret Muslim,” she said.

CAIR noticed an uptick in anti-Muslim legislation recently. The group cited Tennessee and Florida remolding the use of religious texts in schools. CAIR also cited the appearance of Muslim-Free spaces and anti-Muslim demonstrations.

“Hate crimes have increased, but mostly against Sikhs,” Billoo said. “Hindus and Sikhs have been shot because people didn’t know the difference.”

“I don’t think racism ends with this administration, or the next one,” Billoo said. “Turning out and going to talks and learning about each other will help.”

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One Comment

  1. abdulameer

    April 3, 2017 at 12:36 am

    The greatest misconception about Islam is that it is a religion of peace. In fact, the Koran, Islam’s sacred book, commands Moslems to make war on non-Moslems until Islam takes over the world. Everyone should read the entire Koran for himself and never pay any attention to Moslem spokesmen who will only tell you sweet lies about Islam. Here are just a few verses you will find in the Koran.
    1 — Surely, the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8:55, 98:6)
    2 — The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    3 — Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29)
    4 — Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme. (8:40, 2:193)
    5 — Fight against such of those to whom the Scriptures were given [i.e. Christians and Jews] … until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. (9:29)
    6 — Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them. (9: 123)
    7 — Behold, God has bought of the believers their lives and their possessions, promising them Paradise in return, and so they fight in God’s cause, and slay and are slain… 9:111 See also 4:74.
    8 — The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter, except for those who repent before they fall into your power…5:33-34
    9 — I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads; strike off the very tips of their fingers. 8:12

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