By Geoffrey Grider
Concerned about the public’s perception of Islam after radical Islamic terrorists like ISIS have dominated the news cycle, Charlotte Muslims with the American Islamic Outreach Center wanted to take action.
“You got everything from book mobiles to bat mobiles so why not a Quran Mobile,” Zahir Shaikh, director of the Quran Mobile said.
The goal is to drive the Quran Mobile around Charlotte during busy hours. They hope to spread the message that Islam is a peaceful religion and the radical terrorists they see on television don’t represent the 15,000 Muslims that live in Charlotte.
“Islam is portrayed in a very negative light because of the actions of some crazy people out there. But 99 percent of Muslims are good hearted just like any other denomination,” Shaikh said.
When the van stops, people will be able to receive a free copy of the Quran and the biography of the prophet Mohammad. The American Islamic Outreach Center hopes the van will promote interfaith efforts and dispel hatred.
“It would be better to try to come to an understanding or get to know someone. It’s better to give someone a chance before you decide you are going to hate everyone cause really it is heavy to carry that hatred around,” Shannon Hossain, spokesperson for the American Islamic Outreach Center, said.