A week of interfaith, peace and forgiveness in Muncie, IN

Events awaken, enlighten local residents.

By Rick Yencer

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Muzaffer Ahmad from Indianapolis talked about peace and interfaith by Islam last week during a  Muslims for peace event.

And Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor of Terre Haute will continue the message of forgiveness and hope during a talk on Thursday.

It is all part of a growing peace movement pushed by education, government and community groups to end violence and build a better community.

Ahmad was part of a discussion last Wednesday at Ball State sponsored by the Indiana chapter of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to teach a peaceful message of Islam according to the teachings of the Quran that means killing one person unjustly is like killing all of mankind.

Islam does not promote violence, like Ahmad said, as Muslims still high the negative image of the late Bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists.

George Wolfe, of the university's Center for Peace and Life Center, also talked about how all world religions were similar and could be traced back to the son and disciples of God including Islam.

"We just work with humanity to build a lasting peace," said Wolfe who has been outspoken against war and genocide.

The Holocaust of millions of Jews by Nazi Germany during World War II will be revisited by one of the last survivors of Auschwitz, Kor.

Her museum, CANDLES, in Terre Haute is a monument to the death camps and medical experiments by Dr. Josef Mengele on thousands of adults and children.

Kor and her twin sister were among those children who became lab experiments for Mengele to find health cures and genetic breeding to create the so called master race for Germany.

The message is compelling as well as frightening and Kor also will speak to Muncie middle middle school students along with a public appearance at 3 p.m. Thursday in Emens Auditorium.

The yearly Awaken Dinner for Afghan relief will be held Saturday 5:30 p.m.at Unitarian Universalist Church.

Bibi Bahrami and others have organized the event for more than a decade to provide help to a school and medical clinic in Nangarhar Providence of Afghanistan that aids women and children.

Former Peace Corp workers will talk about rural areas and the needs of ordinary people living in a country with conflict.




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