Muslim American: The Treacherous Combination?
I am a Muslim American. I love America, Democracy, and Americans. I love to give back, which I express by volunteering in the nearby hospital, soup kitchen, and elementary school every week. I’m a good student and I respect all people. I also love Islam very much. I love my religion, God, and all Muslims, I Pray 5 times a day, read Quran every day, and study Quran every Saturday. Out of free will, Because I love my religion which gives me peace, and my country is a source of security and pride. Yes, I’m very proud of both aspects of my identity and identify completely with both. I love being American, and I love being a Muslim.
There are many great values and ideals taught in the United States, such as hard work and independence, and I have never felt my religion to be anything but a source of empowerment, from which I derive self cultivation and happiness. I look up to many American non-Muslims such as Michelle Obama and Robert Grant, and many Muslims such as Samira Ibrahim and Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al thani. I do not understand from where “Islamophobia” originated, as I have never explicitly been discriminated against in the United States. Regardless of the events which may suggest otherwise, I have faith in humanity. I love all people, not because I am naïve, but because I understand that all people are good, Muslim or otherwise not. We can all contribute to the world in our own way.
Yes, I am equally as proud to be both Muslim and American.
I’ve never felt these identities conflicted.
Come listen to an Expert Dr. Ovamir Anjum, Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies, present “Good Muslim, Bad Muslim and the American dream” as part of ‘Islamic Awareness Week’! This Thursday, 7pm Law School Auditorium.
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