Academic journal article Social Education

Meeting the Imam: A Social Studies Research Project. (Advancing Technology)

Academic journal article Social Education

Meeting the Imam: A Social Studies Research Project. (Advancing Technology)

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Imam Shamshad A. Nasir is a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam at the U.S. national headquarters. This essay was first given as a speech at the "Day of Unity and Interfaith Prayer" on September 11, 2002, at the Baitur Rahman Mosque in Silver Spring, Maryland.

A couple of months back, I stepped out of my office at the mosque because of something I observed. There were some people, four or five, making a video film of the mosque and taking some photographs.

When they saw me, they rushed to their car. They started the car to drive away, but I stopped them. I asked them to roll down the window glass. They were hesitant. But I said, "No. I will not allow you to go unless I talk with you."

I saw that they were high school girls, oddly-dressed and covered from head to foot (in their own view they were respectfully covering their bodies). I asked them, "What is the problem?"

They said, "We are high school students and we have a social studies project to complete for our school. We came to make a video of the mosque."

I said, "All right, come with me."

They were still scared. I said, "No. I will not allow you to go home today until you come with me and talk with me. …

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