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Lifestyles

April 3, 2014

Clinton doctor speaks on Muslim religion

CLINTON — To an audience of more than 100 people, Dr. Mona Alquali asked “What do you think when you hear the word Islam?”

While flashing slides of the Boston Bomber, Osama Bin Laden and the Muslim Brotherhood, she said, “If you don’t think of them, that is good.”

She said that a person cannot claim to be Muslim if he or she does not respect life, respect community, respect freedom and have dignity for all human rights.

“Some people on the fringes can be deceived by political groups,” for financial gain or even basic necessities, Alquali said.

She spoke on issues for Muslims, like food, dress code, human rights and Jihad. Using an analogy of fasting in Lent, she clarified that the word Jihad, means to restrain oneself and have a will.

“Jihad is striving to do well…in learning, making something better, or helping those in danger,” Alquali said.

Peace Soup is held for five Tuesdays in the Lenten season.

The series for 2014, titled Interfaith Connections to Peace will conclude, on Tuesday with the topic of Christianity.

Elizabeth Liggett, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, along with the Rev. Peter Sickels of Christ Epicopal Church and Sister Anne Martin Phelan, president of the Sisters of St. Francis, will speak at St. Boniface Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday about Christianity.

It is free and open to the public.

Details on the 2014 Peace Soup series are available at www.jcpop.org and at www.clintonfranciscans.com or by calling Prince of Peace Parish at 242-3311 or Sisters of St. Francis at 242-7611.

To read more on Alquali’s talk, go to www.ClintonFranciscans.com.

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