“Combat Misunderstandings Through Education”: Toledo Imam
Toledo City, Ohio: There are many misunderstandings about Islam, and the way to combat them is through education, said Imam and Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo Talal Eid. Eid is an expert in interfaith dialogue and Muslim-Christian-Jewish relations who has worked for both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidential administrations as a commissioner at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. A renowned Muslim scholar, theologian and activist, Eid has spoken throughout the world promoting knowledge of Islam and religious freedom. He has more than 40 years of experience as an imam and marital and family therapist.
“People are quick to assume Muslim men are terrorists and Muslim women are oppressed. About 70 percent of people do understand that there is a difference between Islam and terrorism, but many don’t, and the way to change this is through education,” he said.