Yusra Ali CAIR Missouri Little Town Big World Islam and Muslims“It’s just a really colorful culture, there is a lot of hand-made stuff. That’s how women would work, they would use their hands to make money for themselves by doing handiwork,” said Yusra Ali from Ballwin, Missouri, who showed and explained the items of clothing. “They are obsessed with glamour, I mean look at all these shiny things!”

“We are demonstrating the classic Pakistani bridal wear and some other traditional trinkets, hats, men’s clothing, traditional shoes,” Ali said. “For fragrances we use oils instead of alcohol-based scents. I also have this pure silver bottle that has antimony that women use in their eyes to clean them out, and it’s also used as an adornment.”

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Faizan Syed with the Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says he’s pleased the latest ban excludes Green Card holders and people already holding visas before March 16. He also likes the waivers for business travelers or people visiting sick relatives in the U.S.

“Personally I think it’s a great time to be a Muslim in America, because you can stand up for the values that this country holds and be part of that movement to really, as it says, create a more perfect union,” he says.

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Faizan Syed CAIR Missouri Mizzou Panel IslamophobiaCOLUMBIA — Faizan Syed posed a question Monday to non-Muslim people in the audience: "What is the most important belief in Islam?"

An audience member answered but was incorrect. Nobody else offered a guess.

"To believe in one God alone, Allah," Syed said. 

Syed was one of the four speakers at a forum Monday night called "Fueling Hate? The News Media, Bias and Islam," which sought to create discussion on education about Islam, trends in hate crime in America, and media coverage of Islam. About 40 people attended the forum at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. It was organized by Debra Mason, director of the MU Center on Religion and the Professions.

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