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Where does Islamophobia come from, and how do you respond to it if you're Muslim?
In the past year, with terrorist attacks from Paris to San Bernardino, some members of the Muslim community, including here in Boston, say they're encountering new levels of anti-Muslim sentiment.
Last month, Boston composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, who is Muslim, told Meghna Chakrabarti about his discomfort with anti-Muslim rhetoric here in Boston following the terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. He said he'd never felt that discomfort before, not even during 9/11.
"I think this kind of rhetoric has never been professed in the way that it is out there right now," he told us.
One Duxbury-based Muslim married couple — Sebastian Robins and Mona Haydar — felt that same discomfort after the attacks. They didn't even want to leave the house.
But then, they had an idea: set up a table, put up a sign that read "Ask a Muslim," hand out free coffee and doughnuts and just talk to people.
Sebastian Robins, runs the "Ask a Muslim" table with his wife, Mona.
- "So much so, in fact, that she set up a stand outside a library in Cambridge, Mass., with a big sign reading 'Ask a Muslim.' Along with a free cup of coffee and a doughnut, Haydar offered passersby an opportunity for conversation."
- "Mona Haydar knew that when she set up two signs outside a Cambridge library last week with the words 'Ask a Muslim' and 'Talk to a Muslim,' she had to be prepared for strong opinions about her faith."
- "The largest mosque in New England has selected a young cleric from New Jersey as its new imam."
This segment aired on April 20, 2016.
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