By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, one in all this country’s most crucial Muslim leaders finds the tale of his lifestyles and his religion, and why Islam is nice for the United States. because the spiritual chief of the Islamic heart of the United States in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the most important Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those shorelines started in 1971, while 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 U.S., a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking non secular suggestions and the place his young children may perhaps develop up within the peace Qazwini were denied.
First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a surprising new international during which leaders have been brazenly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on show in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with out outcome. He additionally observed a land during which the inability of a typical religion necessitated a good attempt to create a shared neighborhood. via counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of different beliefs–he got here to suppose at domestic within the kingdom he already enjoyed, and he turned a relied on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.
Then, after 11th of September, Osama bin weighted down 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 middle had hijacked Islam in addition, and that almost all Muslims have been appalled through 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 historical past of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and hard stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated by way of the media. Iran, he issues out, has the next percent of ladies in its parliament than the USA does in either homes of Congress. “If you need to know 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 US, this publication is a vital contribution to our knowing of all those that stay between us, at a time whilst it concerns such a lot.
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