U.S. speaker at KIM conference in Oslo
American imam Yahya Hendi visited Norway in the first week of May to speak about integration and Islam in America
Imam Hendi spoke at the annual national conference organized by the Contact Committee for Immigrants and the Authorities (KIM, www.kim.no), opened by the Crown Prince of Norway, where he stressed the value of diversity and religious freedom in American society. This year’s topic for the KIM conference was “Gaining from Diversity,” and Imam Hendi was one of several distinguished experts who addressed the topic at the conference.
Imam Hendi also spoke to other groups and organizations, including student and youth groups. From youth audiences he fielded candid questions about the Middle East conflict, the treatment of Muslims in the U.S. following September 11th, the Islamic perspective on wife-beating, and his experience of immigration the United States. Imam Hendi’s open demeanor and honest answers were clearly much appreciated, and he contributed significantly to the quality of dialogue and debate on these issues.