Posts Tagged ‘Muslims’

Ramadan-Hitchens Debate

[src:]I am an American by nationality, a Pakistani by memory, and a citizen of the world by conviction. Islam is my faith and like millions of other Muslims in America and Europe–I am shaping the future of Islam in the “west.”  I recently had the opportunity to attend a debate between Tariq Ramadan and Christopher Hitchens titled Is Islam a Religion of Peace? However, I thought the question to be irrelevant—what is clear is that Muslims have “arrived” in the west, and that they are taking claim, molding and shaping a uniquely western identity. America is a nation built by immigrants (E Pluribus Unum) and the Muslim population is contributing to the debate of America’s future. Europe is aging (average-40) and the need to remain economically viable in the era of globalization requires an influx of immigrants, and this has bought Europe’s insecurities about its identity to the forefront. The question should not be whether or not Islam is a religion of peace, but instead, why are secular liberal democracies so concerned about the faith of their new citizens?

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11 2010

Attention America: We are Americans Too

Pamela Geller vs Imam on CNN Sunday Morning June 6, 2010

Note: I refer to we or us, sometimes in the context of ‘Muslims’ and at other times in the context of ‘the West.’ I do so not because I see any diametric opposition (clash of civilizations) between the two but because I consider myself a part of both.

First, let me get something off my chest.


We (Muslims) don’t. Really, we don’t. We really don’t.

In fact we are you. Believe it or not, we (Muslim Americans) are Americans too. We eat and sleep like you. We have families like you and we have similar concerns like you. We worry about the state of the economy when it is down. We worry about job security, about education, and about the future of our children. We attend mosques just like other Americans attend churches, synagogues, and other places of worship. And I assure you, in those mosques we engage in worship and social activities, just come by anytime. Mosques, contrary to what disinformers of Islam claim are open and welcome to the public, even to the pesky FBI agents who come around incognito looking for a smoking gun.

And let me tell you something else. We think the world sucks post 9/11 too. We’re not happy and we hate the terrorists who carry out acts of violence as much as you do. Perhaps even more because Muslim Americans died in those attacks just like any other Americans and on top of that the extremists who commit such egregious acts have hijacked and dishonored our religion.

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10 2010