By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, considered one of this country’s most crucial Muslim leaders finds the tale of his existence and his religion, and why Islam is nice for the USA. because the spiritual chief of the Islamic middle of the USA in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the most important Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those seashores started in 1971, whilst his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives pressured his kin to escape from Saddam’s Iraq to Kuwait after which to war-torn Iran. Then, in 1992, along with his father’s blessing, he left for the us, a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking religious suggestions and the place his childrens may possibly develop up within the peace Qazwini have been denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a surprising new global within which leaders have been overtly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on reveal in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with out final result. He additionally observed a land during which the shortcoming of a typical religion necessitated an exceptional attempt to create a shared neighborhood. by means of counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of alternative beliefs–he got here to suppose at domestic within the nation he already enjoyed, and he turned a relied on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after Sep 11, Osama bin encumbered gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach american citizens how those that destroyed the realm alternate heart had hijacked Islam in addition, and that the majority Muslims have been appalled by means of their activities. but he additionally takes the Bush management to job for championing the prejudicial Patriot Act (after Muslims supported George W. Bush within the 2000 election) and deplores its behavior within the Iraq War.Throughout American Crescent, Qazwini bargains a revelatory examine the tenets and heritage of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and demanding stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated through the media. Iran, he issues out, has a better percent of ladies in its parliament than the USA does in either homes of Congress. “If you must find out about Islam,” he writes, “turn off the TV.”At as soon as a desirable own tale and a heartfelt plea to combine Islamic teachings into the tolerant traditions of the United States, this publication is a vital contribution to our figuring out of all those that reside between us, at a time while it issues such a lot.
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Become an imam, he said. If you want to travel the world, become an imam. If you want to foster Muslim culture, become an imam. If you want to enjoy this life and the next life, and advance the religion, become an imam. I was awed by this slight yet imposing man, so full of conviction and carrying God's message to the other side of the world. My eyes must have gone wide. Being an imam means being a doctor of the spirit, he told us. " In 1978, a former student of my father's came to Kuwait to deliver a lecture on Islam in America that I attended, and he told the audience that Islam there was in its crawling stage, an infant faith.
The shrine of Imam Husayn, above whose entrance hung a picture of Saddam during his rule, in particular epitomized Saddam's contradictory gamesmanship. A friend of mine visited the shrine after the Gulf War, when Iraqis attempted to overthrow the regime and suffered heavy reprisals once Saddam's troops crushed the resistance. He had gone once in the morning and returned in the afternoon for a second visit, and someone from the Mukhabarat placed a hand on his shoulder. " he asked. My friend said that he* was.
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