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USA: Trio hopes to dispel misconceptions with ‘Meet a Muslim’


From roughly 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main Street, Zafar and two fellow Muslims – Arman Butt and Rafael Vacahoping – hang out, inviting people talk, hoping to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims

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By Geoff Pursinger | July 8, 2017

They want to start an open dialogue with people who may not know any Muslims

Six months after his talk at Pacific University, Harris Zafar and friends bring ‘Ask a Muslim’ to Hillsboro plaza

As anti-Muslim comments and attacks increase across the country, so does Harris Zafar’s counterattack: friendly conversations.

Zafar, who came to the Portland area 30 years ago, is the national spokesman for the Ahmadi Muslim community and regularly appears in magazine articles and on television.

Last December, he came to Pacific University to try to dispel negative stereotypes many Americans hold about Islam.

Shortly afterward, he set up a weekly “Coffee, Cake and True Islam” table at Washington Square Mall in Tigard, inviting people to sit down, have refreshments and ask about his faith.

He started doing something similar in western Washington County June 2. From roughly 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday at the Hillsboro Civic Center Plaza, 150 E. Main Street, Zafar and two fellow Muslims – Arman Butt and Rafael Vacahoping – hang out, inviting people talk, hoping to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims by answering questions about their faith.

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