Muslim Marine travels country spreading a message of unity


COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) ---On Main Street in downtown Columbia during one of the busiest hours of the day, a former Marine was taking questions from the community.

Mansoor Shams said Columbia is the 21st place he's come to visit. Using himself and a sign as a walking resource. "I have made a commitment to myself to try to go to as many states as possible,” Shams said. “To spread a message of unity and in a country, that I find is constantly hurting."

Shams said as a Muslim American of the United States Marine veteran he feels it's his responsibility to go and talk to as many people as possible.

Shams said he's spreading a message of unity and breaking any negative stereotypes about religion. "Over 200 years ago Muslims were a part of this country,” Shams said. “People have died, Muslims have died, I have friends that are serving as we speak."

For Shams, it's his passion. For people who stop, it's his dedication to serve. "My job is not to convert, even the holy prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings to God be upon him, there's a clear message to him,” Shams said. “A command by God and the holy Qu’ran that says your job is not to convert anyone, your job is to spread the message."

Shams journey is not over. He said his next stop is Charlotte North Carolina. You can find more information on how to reach him and his message here.

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