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Mnar Muhawesh, 24, Maple Grove
Thank you, Mnar. Thank you for being brave enough to make a bold statement in the face of adversity. That must have been extremely difficult. I wish you success in your career as a broadcast journalist.
So, because some terrorists attacked America you become more involved with Islam? It is amazing to me that you did not identify single reason to be a Muslim other than "They" attached America. "They" happened to be Muslim, yet you did not tell us - why "THEY" did attack a building with inocent civilians inside. I do see your actions as "trying" to re-convence yourself that Islam is peace, a fact that does not exist in any Islamic books or Islamic history. In that process you are trying to intimidating others. May be you can tell us "WHY" covering your head will change ideas about Islam.
Rather than covering your head and trying to isolate yourself and seperating yourself from other religions, look at the short comings of Islam. Being a Muslim myself, I see how Islam has been hijacked by fundamenalist who are not willing to let Islam evolve with time. They want Islam to remain 1500-1600 years old thining. Create hate and animosity against all other religions.
Rather than creating a between yourself and your fellow Americans that follow different rligions, work towards making changes in the thinking of people that follow Islam. Educate them and enlighten them!
Most people who follow Islam, especially in America have been put in a very awkward positon, trying to defend Islam to most American who see Islam as miliant and unaccepting of other religions. They have only seen Islam through 9/11 or other negative news through out the Muslim world. Educate them and NOT create a seperation.
I can understand the struggle that young Muslim children and teens like Mnar faced after 9/11 - they were all of a sudden on the defense trying to prove to everyone that they were "good Americans" even though they had nothing to do with the terror attacks. The Islam they grew up with didn't teach hate. After 9/11, secular Muslims like Mnar and even non-Muslims went out to try to understand Islam and learn about the religion, many finding themselves falling in love with the true teachings of Islam - a message of peace, modesty and love for humanity - a message that has been infiltrated with hate by fanatical Wahhabi teachings coming from Saudi Arabia and encouraged and sensationalized by the mainstream media. For someone with Muslim friends, I applaud you Mnar for seeking the truth about the true teachings of Islam and standing up against the disturbing stereotypes our nation has painted for Muslims, especially Muslim women, by practicing your religion in peace and representing Muslim women in a modest way that doesn't support the objectification of women that our society has fallen victim to. Thanks for sharing your story.
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