Web Site to Explain Judaism to Muslims

September 11, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buffalo News


NEW YORK (AP) — The Simon Wiesenthal Center has launched a multilingual Web site whose main purpose is to inform Muslims about Judaism through a forum that allows visitors to post live questions in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Bahasa and English.

The site, www.AskMusa.org, also will offer essays about Judaism by Jewish scholars and authors. Musa is Arabic for Moses.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los [Angeles-based] organization based on Holocaust remembrance and human rights, developed the concept for the Web site.

He came up with the idea, the center said, after meetings with imams and other Muslims in Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Indonesia and India showed him that many Muslims knew very little about the most basic tenets of Judaism.