Dozens gather in Iowa City for "Abraham's Walk"

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG TV9)-- Choosing to celebrate similarities rather than differences, more than 50 people gathered Sunday to be part of "Abraham's Walk" in Iowa City.

University of Iowa Junior Abdual Ismail presented on behalf of the UI Muslim Student Association.

"The way that I've learned about it and the way most Muslims have learned about God is that Judaism came first, then Christianity came as a continuation, then Islam came as a continuation," Ismail said.

Ismail says he's heard of more hate speech incidents in the last few months. And he believes education is the best way to solve this issue.

"We should learn and teach each other with respect," he said.

Sunday's walk was organized after a U of I professor says her students felt threatened after November's elections. So the university wanted to open its doors to the community, and provide learning opportunity about the Jewish, Islam and Christian faiths.

"At the same time i was reading about Abraham and how he was this friend to all people," Organizer Maureen McCue said.

McCue says she will also work to make University of Iowa a Sanctuary University within the next semester.

"I think many of us here at the university are scared about what's going on around the country for immigrants," McCue said.

Staff and students here want to make it clear that the community is stronger because of diversity. And that people of different religions or cultures can co-exist in peace.