Unreliable sources have made Islam by far the most misunderstood religion in the World. “The Fog is Lifting” is a series of documentaries that challenges your knowledge about Islam. Islam in Brief is originally a presentation given to 40 thousand non Muslims all over the Globe in churches, universities, conferences & government agencies and was translated to 25 languages.

“The Fog is Lifting: Islam in Brief,” was produced by an Egyptian nonprofit group intent on explaining Islam to non-Muslims. It offers an orthodox defense of Islamic precepts and theology without engaging in issues such as politics or terrorism.

“If the media keeps presenting a certain stereotype, people need to see the other side,” said Mona Dakrouri, an Egyptian-American living in Cary, who was trained to speak to interfaith groups by the Bridges Foundation, which produced the DVD.

“The Fog is Lifting” is the brainchild of Fadel Soliman, the director of the Bridges Foundation and an Egyptian living in Cairo. A successful computer engineer and marketing expert, Soliman became convinced of the need for interfaith outreach after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 created a backlash against Islam.

His DVD is intended to appeal to Westerners, and it makes the case that philosophers such as Aristotle, René Descartes, and Immanuel Kant had notions of God that fit harmoniously with Islam. The DVD makes the claim that the theory of evolution is false and that the Prophet Muhammad was admired by people such as Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“It’s a full-throated defense of the tradition in which Islam is presented as the perfect egalitarian, scientific, pluralistic, modern religion that doesn’t have the flaws of all the other religions,” said Omid Safi, a professor of religion at UNC-Chapel Hill. “It remains to be seen if it will be seen as preaching to the choir, or if will succeed in persuading people outside the Muslim community.” www.fogislifting.com

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