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DIMPOOL INTERVIEW SERIES-
By dimpool, April 17, 2011
INTERVIEW WITH SOFIAN ABDELAZIZ ZAKKOUT
Director and founder of AMANA, the American Muslim Association of North America
Dimpool: Dear Mr. Zakkout; First of all, we would like to ask about your organization –AMANA- and its goals in the US, because according to our research your association condemns terrorism and Islamophobia, and it also promotes the interfaith dialogue, so could you please explain us the positive results and achievements that you got through your association ?
Sofian A. Zakkout: When we established our organization in 1997, we established it for the reason of promoting Islam, in the west and especially in the US and our main goal were to reach out and to tell the people what Islam and being Muslim mean. Because we feel that in Islam we are required to reach out especially the people around us. If we compare that time and this time, there are many changes. I believe that due to the reason that Muslims in general, they do not do enough reaching out; that is why we have all these problems. Lack of information about Islam is the main reason of all those problems. The proof of that idea is that every time we see a demonstration or a rally in the Ground Zero in New York, we see that the people are putting signs which show how they are ignorant about Islam. The problem is, when people are ignorant about Islam and Muslims that will give the chance to the bigots who are against Islam to take advantage of the situation in order to poison the people mind -who are ignorant about Islam- with wrong ideas about Islam. It is not our responsibility to convert people to Islam because God whoever He wants. In the time of our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) he was treated worse than the Muslims being treated nowadays and he was patient, and if we love our Prophet, we should follow his steps, not to retaliate with more aggression. We must work together and tolerate each others, Muslims and non Muslims regardless of all of our differences in order to build a healthier society and that will lead to a stronger nation against our mutual enemies.
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Sofian A. Zakkout: We, Muslims are tough and strong but we are patient too, our community is very patient. And every time something happens against us..
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