Holy Spirit Unites with the Islamic Center

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

Members of the Catholic Church, Holy Spirit had several questions about the Islamic religion.

"We met and talked about some of the questions and how important it is to understand Islam," said Father Jerry Riney with Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Riney said he was curious about Islam and current events linked to the religion.

"Especially in regard to the war and in regard to suicide bombers so we wanted to better educated people on the tenants of Islam," Riney said.

You might be surprised at the common ground these two religions can find.

"There is the fasting on Ramadan and also we have the fasting of lent and that we are encouraged for purification and on going conversion and solidarity with the poor and hunger of the world," Riney said.

Riney also said he was happy to have the misconception about Islamic women was cleared up.

"To hear Dr. Morrsi talk about the respect the Muslim is to have and it's partnership a complimentary of men and woman so I think that's important," Riney said.

Riney also said being educated about different religions is the key to respecting their differences.

"Education breaks down prejudice. A prejudice is a lack of education and people aren't born with prejudice we learn prejudice," Riney said.

"All the time we are so happy to answer questions and willing to answer," said Refaat Mohamed, a member of the Islamic Center.

Riney also said he had no expectations for today but hopes his church was able to notice the common ground the two religions share and was able to learn factual information instead of forming their opinions based on stereotypes.

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