In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
Thanks be the Lord God, I was blessed to be interviewed by Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times, and my quote appeared in the article. I have reproduced my part below, and you can read the entire article here.
…In a Friday sermon a few weeks after the bombings in London, Dr.
Maher Hathout told the crowd at the Islamic Center of Southern California,
which he helped found, ‘It is our responsibility – young and old, parents,
sons and daughters, teachers and students, leaders and activists, to rally
together to plug the holes through which the distorting predators pass
through and push the substances that kill brain cells and fill hearts with
despair and hate.”
But some Muslim leaders said more than a shift in rhetoric was needed.
Sermons, pamphlets and posters are not sufficient, said Akbar S. Ahmed, a former
Pakistani ambassador to England and a professor of international relations at
American University in Washington, D.C.
“They have to rethink the syllabi in religious schools, in teacher
training programs, in what they’re teaching the kids,” Mr. Ahmed
Muslim leaders said in interviews that it had taken them
too long to conclude that they had to confront their own. For a long
time American Muslims were “in denial,” and some still are, said Hesham A. Hassaballa, a doctor in the Chicago area and a
“A lot of people refused to believe that there are Muslims who
would do that type of thing, because they can’t picture it,” Dr. Hassaballa said. “In their minds it’s just impossible that someone would do that in the name of their faith.”
And I truly believe that some Muslims are in denial that Muslims can be behind horrific acts of terror. But anyway, it was nice to be featured in the New York Times, and I wanted to share it with you all.