U.S. Muslims hope for better days after bin Laden

May 2, 2011

(People cheer and wave U.S. flags outside the White House as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the nation on the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in Washington May 1, 2011/Jim Young)

Many U.S. Muslims were as relieved as most Americans to hear of Osama bin Laden’s death, though they feared the stigma attached to their community since the September 11 attacks will not disappear so quickly. U.S. Muslims have grown frustrated that their condemnations of bin Laden and al Qaeda have gone unheard as some Americans associate Islam with his message of violent jihad.

“It has been a nightmare to try to constantly explain to ordinary Americans that we are not associated with bin Laden. We have tried very hard to convince people that Muslims are not one monolithic group standing behind this monster,” said Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida. “We were also victims of bin Laden’s ideology of hate,” he said. “The man hijacked our religion, committed crimes in the name of our religion and caused the greatest damage to the American Muslim community and Islam.”

Musri and some other Muslim leaders said bin Laden’s killing Monday by U.S. forces in Pakistan gave American Muslims and other Americans an opportunity to correct misunderstandings and bridge differences. “Muslims … continue to be victims in the growth of Islamophobia here, so the taking out of bin Laden, certainly at a symbolic level, in the short-term, takes the pressure off,” said John Esposito, professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University.

There are up to 7 million Muslims in the United States and many have felt the sting of being unfairly lumped in with Arab Muslims who plotted and carried out the deadly 2011 attacks.

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Sadly, however, within the first day since the news of his death was reported, there have been repeated instances of mosques and Islamic centers being vandalized.

Posted by dwb4be | Report as abusive

They danced in the streets and passed sweets in joy when the news of 9/11/2001 broke out. Not only in some Palestinian camps – right here in NJ, in Clifton and Paterson. That’s the only thing to remember. Anything they said thereafter should be disregarded.
Never forget, never forgive.

Posted by anonym0us | Report as abusive

I would say to muhammad masri change happens with in ones self.

Posted by Trelka | Report as abusive

Peace,

At our Masjid Tucson we’ve always condemned Bin Laden, and any terrorists or people who take innocent lives.

The average Submitter (Muslim, in Arabic) does not usually make headlines. The extremists often do.

Even before 2001, our Masjid had spoken out against the cruel and violent ideologies of fanatic mullahs, which are contrary to the Quran and have no place in Islam.

[Quran 5:32] “… anyone who murders any person who had not committed murder or horrendous crimes, it shall be as if he murdered all the people. And anyone who spares a life it shall be as if he spared the lives of all the people. …”

[Quran 5:87] O you who believe, do not prohibit good things that are made lawful by GOD, and do not aggress; GOD dislikes the aggressors.

You are welcome to visit our website and verify the message of the Quran first-hand:
Homepage: http://www.masjidtucson.org/
Our page denouncing Terror: http://masjidtucson.org/submission/persp ectives/terrorism/

Posted by SubmitterToGod | Report as abusive

Mgr. Nidal Hassan IS an american born Muslim who swore a legion to the US flag and Constitution, got promoted to a rank of major, and than one day went and killed 15 of his unarmed coworkers.
US born imam Anwar al-Awlaki is one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants.
How about young Somalis from Minneapolis who got admitted to the US with their families as refugees fattened up on US chow and went back to Afghanistan to fight against us??
I just don’t understand why so many devout Muslims from all over the world come here?? We drink alcohol, we fornicate we separated religion from the state, so what’s the attraction??
I AM YET TO MEET A MUSLIM WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY TO EXPRESS ANY LOVE FOR AMERICA. Stop writing these bullshit articles and face the truth; Muslims hate US and hate our way of life.
NO MORE MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED INTO THIS COUNTRY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Posted by 74LS08 | Report as abusive