Muslim Marine seeks to spread knowledge about Islam

A Muslim Marine is striving to spread the word about Islam in an effort to fight nationwide misconceptions.

Mansoor Shams is traveling around the country offering to answer questions people may have about Islam, seeking to dispel preconceived fears and prejudice, according to NPR news.

“Somehow I need to counter some of these things, and the only way for me to do it is to get out of my comfort zone and go full speed ahead,” Shams said.

After serving in the Marine Corps from 2000-2004, Shams felt impressed to become an advocate for his faith, according to NPR news.

As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Shams said he found a way to personally start making a difference.

“They were running a campaign called “Meet a Muslim,” Shams said. From that I … thought, why not add my twist to it by adding my U.S. Marine component because that’s who I am. I’m not only a Muslim, I’m also a U.S. Marine. I thought that was something that would further resonate with people across the country.”

He said he began publicly offering open conversations while on a business trip in Houston in January.

“When I landed in Houston, as soon as the religious conference ended, I just went to downtown Houston and I went at it full speed,” Shams said.

He said he has gone to downtown Houston, Denver, Portland, Seattle and Baltimore, holding a hand-written sign that reads, “I’m Muslim and a U.S. Marine. Ask anything.”

Shams said while traveling through the Seattle airport with his sign he was involved in a conversation with a random stranger about his message. She contacted him later and told him she had made her own sign, “Muslims welcome”.

Shams said he is willing to talk about everything from Sharia law to ISIS with anyone willing to ask, according to NPR news.

“Time is of the essence,” he said. “We are living in a time where there’s a lot of division, there’s a lot of fear, there’s a lot of concerns and … I need to just jump on board and start knocking this out.”

Shams said his upcoming trips include New York, Virginia and New Jersey.

'Muslim Marine seeks to spread knowledge about Islam' have 3 comments

  1. February 17, 2017 @ 10:34 am Tony Smith

    Pssst, Hey Mansoor, a little advise. Preach to your people; they’re the ones killing everyone! What do you hope to achieve by preaching to Americans?! To get us to take rape, slavery, and murder with a smile?! The problem is not the reaction of freedom loving Americans, the problem is with you Muslims. Your holy book is nothing more than Satanic verses–instructions for misery! Repent of Islam!


    • February 24, 2017 @ 4:36 pm Marie

      Hey Tony,
      I think we should be careful in painting all people of a religion with such a wide brush: remember that many, many atrocities have been done in the name of Christianity, such as the Spanish Inquisition, Catholics and Protestants killing each other during the 1500 and 1600’s, and even now days there are Christians who perform acts of hate, using their religion as an excuse. We of course know that people who use Christianity as an excuse for violence, etc, are NOT following the teachings of the Bible or of our loving Savior Jesus Christ. We would NOT want people to take those examples and say that Christianity is a violent religion, because it’s not. I believe we should extend this to Islam and other religions as well. I do not know much about Islam, but I just know that many religions have been used as excuses for violent people to do horrible things, and that that doesn’t mean that the religion should be written off so easily.


    • February 26, 2017 @ 12:24 pm Josh

      You are exactly the person that he’s trying to talk to. You can’t say that the 2% of radical Islamists represent the entire 1.5 BILLION Muslims in the world. (That’s almost 25% of the world’s population!) Sounds like someone needs to watch “Remember the Titans” again. But hater’s gonna hate.


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