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A panel of three speakers from the Islamic Center of the Lehigh Valley in Whitehall will speak on “Islam: Far Away From Terrorism,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in 104 Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the Chaplain’s Office.

Comprised of Mohammed Bugaighis, Ismail Kashkoush, and Jamal Ahmed, the panel will discuss Islam, the concept of jihad, and related current events.

“The purpose is to brief the Lafayette community on what Islam is,” says Tarik Ghanim ’03, president of MSA. “The media has been using a lot of vague terms, and people tend to make associations with words they don’t understand, like ‘jihad.’ They tend to associate terrorism with Islam and don’t know what the religion is about. The event will explain how terrorism has nothing to do with Islam and answer students’ questions.”

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