Thursday night at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, residents and students had a chance to learn more about Islam as a religion, directly from the source. Immam Basheer Bilaal from the Greater Lowell Islamic Society spoke to a large crowd about the world’s second largest religion at the Ivey Science Center on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College.
Bilaal, who has roots in Turkey and has studied in Damascus, talked about the meaning of the word Islam, including peace, the six beliefs, profits, and the angles of Islam.
Bilaal then took questions from Professor Eric Boyer, The Rev. Sara Marean, Iraj Khaliqi, Aarne Vesilind, Greg Bruss, Omar Hajajra, and general members of the audience.
Those in attendance posed questions about women and their place and role in the Islamic religion, why violence is associated with Islam, and the meaning of sharia law. At the end of the discussion, Immam Basheer Bilaal offered a prayer to all in attendance.
The event was sponsored by the Kearsarge Interfaith Fellowship, Colby Sawyer College and Adventures in Learning.