Blaine church to host talk on Islam this Saturday

Published on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 by Tara Nelson

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Blaine church to host talk on Islam this Saturday

By Tara Nelson

Asif Sharaf knows the feeling of being a religious minority. Having grown up as a Christian in his native country of Pakistan, he now wants to share his insight as a member of Global Radio Outreach, a Christian ministry broadcasting internet programs in different languages around the world.

He will be speaking this Saturday in Blaine about Islam and his mission to help build “bridges of understanding” between different religious, ethnic and cultural groups around the world. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at the NW Community Church at 508 G Street in Blaine.

“As (a large) percentage of the world’s population, Muslims are not strangers; they are our neighbors and coworkers,” he said. “But because of our hectic schedules we are isolated to some degree and occupied with our own lives. Yet we have to understand we’re all part of God’s big family.”

Sharaf said after earning his degree in pharmaceuticals in Pakistan, he moved to Libya to work during at time when that country was importing skilled workers from all over the world. He then traveled to Nigeria and, later, the United Arab Emirates. Though he described often feeling like a “international vagabond” he thinks the experience better prepared him for his current work.

“I strongly believe that God has given me the experience and gift of communicating with different ethnic people groups for a purpose. This avenue of broadcasting provides me opportunity to use that gift.”

For more information, call 332-1690 or visit www.globalradioout-reach.org.