Muslims say education, tolerance needed after woman’s attack

The Sofra Cafe in Bloomington, Ind., seen in a Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 photo, was the site of an assault on a Muslim woman sitting at a sidewalk table. Triceten Derrick Bickford, 19, of Fort Wayne, an IU sophomore psychology major, faces felony charges of strangulation, battery on a police officer and intimidation and misdemeanor charges of battery and battery by bodily waste in connection with the attack. (DavidSnodgress/Bloomington Herald-Times via AP)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Members of Bloomington’s Muslim community say a recent attack on a Muslim woman is a sign they still face prejudice and need to educate others about Islam.

Islamic Center of Bloomington member Hemayatullah Shahrani says the best way for Muslims to fight intolerance is with tolerance.

Indiana University Muslim Student Association President Fariha Hossain says her group believes spreading awareness and working with others to understand what it means to be Muslim is an appropriate response to the Oct. 17 attack in which an Indiana University student shouted racial slurs and tried to remove a Muslim woman’s headscarf.

The Herald-Times reports Shahrani and Hossain were among the speakers Saturday when IU students and members of the Muslim community rallied to spread awareness about the treatment of Muslims.



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