News From Delaware Valley
Nasim Hassan -
Hockessin, DE. USA
October 2001, The United States is undergoing a
transformation that may have a great impact on all minorities including
Muslims. I say that because common American can not distinguish between
Indian and a Pakistani, Sikh or a Muslim. Certain Muslims from Iran and
Turkey have merged in the society that even their own people can not
recognize them. This is due to a lack of historical prejudices. In this
country, common people are most interested in sports and entertainment
section of a newspaper. A small percentage of Americans are very learned
and they know more Islam and Islamic countries than Muslims.
On September 30th, Islamic Society of Delaware invited Senators
Joseph Biden and Tom Carper in the local Mosque. Both of these senators had
a very good grasp of Islamic perspective on the events of 11th
September in New York City. Senator Biden is a chairman of foreign relation
committee and has been a great champion of human rights. His stand on
Bosnia is very well known and he is regarded a man of his word. He does not
hide behind diplomatic language and always speaks his mind. He assured
local Muslims that he will not stand by if civil liberties of any minority
are taken away.
Now let me narrate my first hand experience in the United States. I have to
admit that Americans are the best people in this World on a human level. I
am not saying that it is an ideal society where everything is perfect.
Perfection is ideal and only God Almighty is perfect. However, common
American has shown great compassion and concern for the victims of this
great tragedy. Although, there have been isolated incidences of violence in
the USA, by and large it is a very peaceful country. In Delaware, a
policeman misbehaved with a local small business owner. Police authorities
immediately suspended that person and also apologized. My children did not
miss even a single day of school. No one has questioned me about my
religion. On the contrary, a large number of neighbors have asked about the
safety concerns of local Muslims.
America is a
big country. There are a large number of ethnic groups living in various
parts. There is a small minority that considers white as superior to all
other people of color. These people, fortunately are in a minority. In
certain states there were some incidences of violence against Muslims. The
people who committed these crimes have been arrested. Almost all
politicians have come out very strongly against targeting local Muslims.
Lastly, Muslims all around the World have to project an image of tolerant,
peaceful and compassionate people. My understanding of Islam has taught me
that innocent people must not be harmed or killed under any circumstances.
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