Muslim chaplain at Duke University to speak at Raleigh church

From staff reportsMay 7, 2014 

— The Muslim chaplain at Duke University will speak at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evening.

The church invited Imam Abdullah Antepli to speak about his religion, partly to satisfy curiosity about Islam and partly to promote peace. Antepli will speak in a question-and-answer format at the church at 1704 Oberlin Road starting at 6:30 p.m.

“We find that a lot of people are very curious about Islam, but don’t know about it, haven’t studied it formally,” said the church’s pastor Christopher Edmonston. “We are trying to take seriously Jesus’ initiative to be peacemakers, to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe we do that by listening and awareness and by learning who our neighbors are.”

Antepli will respond to “open ended” questions from the audience and speak about the five pillars of Islam and the definition of the word “jihad,” Edmonston said, adding that the word is misunderstood.

“It gets thrown around in the media,” he said. “It will be good to have someone with academic credentials explain that.”

Those who wish to attend the program should park at the Step Up parking lot at 1701 Oberlin Road. For more information, go to or call 919-834-3424.

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