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Review for Salaam Network Inc, Louisville, KY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have been familiar with Dr. Hassan’s work in the community for over twenty years. The Salaam Network fills a unique, necessary void in our community that focuses on peace, understanding, and restoration. Louisville is the home of Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, the first celebrity Muslim, and global philanthropist. It is only fitting that The Salaam Network grew from the soil of the same city. It is our pleasure to endorse and support The Salaam Network.

After 9/11, the climate in our city changed drastically towards Muslims, as it did all over the country. Instead of innocuous curiosity about our religion, we received suspicion and distrust. It was and still is a difficult time to be a Muslim and we still suffer a bit from Islamophobic notions that have seeped into our society and into our everyday lives. The Salaam Network was formed when we needed support as individuals and our community needed healing. Recently, Felicia and I attended a series of classes called "Contributions of Islam to World Civilizations" that The Salaam Network put on at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. The classes were informative, timely, and lively with conversation and friendly debate. It was interesting to hear misconceptions about Islam and enlightening to listen to Dr. Hassan patiently address and dispel myths and misunderstandings. She uses exegesis to interpret the text of the Qur'an, therefore showing the audience that "common knowledge" about Islam is all wrong.

The Salaam Network is making a great impact. It helps achieve a citywide mission of being Compassionate citizens and it fulfills the Network's goal of educating people who can spread the true meaning of Islam to the world.

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