Imam Kamil Mufti

Hakan Berberoglu

About 700 people gathered at the Civic Center to hear business and civic leaders attempt to overturn stereotypes and fears about Muslims and the Islamic faith Monday night.

The event "Peace for Peoria" was created to bring people of diverse faiths together to unravel some of the questions surrounding Islam. The local star-studded cast of speakers included Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman, Bradley University President Gary Roberts, and presidents of the two major hospital systems. 

Faith leaders unite in billboard campaign for peace

Feb 1, 2016
Kamil Mufti

The Islamic Foundation of Peoria is hoping that a new billboard campaign will spur conversations with non-Muslims about their faith. 

The Foundation’s Imam Kamil Mufti says the initiative is an effort to alleviate fears about Muslims in the months after events, like the mass shootings in San Bernadino and Paris.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us," Mufti said. "I just hope we can build more trust and more relationships, meaningful relationships, where people are open.”

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha Thursday. The annual feast of sacrifice honors the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son. At the Islamic Center in Peoria, the sermon’s theme was on hardships that Muslims face today. 

Imam Kamil Mufti’s message was direct: Islamophobia continues to plague the Muslim community. Mufti mentioned recent events, like a question posed to Donald Trump on how to rid the country of Muslims -- to which Trump responded, that he’s looking into it.