A little over 8 years ago the world stopped turning as 2 planes crashed into the world trade buildings in New York City. It obviously affected each and every American, but I believe that it had a major impact on the world. As the United States began taking action, the world either aligned with our plan or fiercely disagreed with it.
Many of the things that happened in the days, weeks, months, and years disturbed me. Nothing was more upsetting to me than the way Muslims were thought of and discriminated against in a way that we should be ashamed of as a country. I certainly hope that we have moved forward from those days (not fast enough for me) although I am not naive to think that discrimination has ended completely.
I never understood how intelligent people could believe that all Muslims believe and act the same way as those people who chose to board those planes and perform an act of war on America…and all Americans, many of whom are MUSLIM. There is no doubt that Muslims were just as upset as every other American. What happened in the time that followed with assaults, discrimination, and attacks on their Mosques. The other thing that I can’t comprehend is that people believed that all Muslims are of one mind.
When Timothy McVeigh (a Caucasian Christian) bombed Oklahoma City, Caucasian Christians were not discriminated against because we understood that he was a radical and what he stood for did not represent all Christians.
Although I never thought badly about Muslims I also was very ignorant about their religion. For the past 3 years I have worked with amazing students and families that are Muslim. I have worked to become more educated about their religion out of enormous respect for the great kids and families that I have been blessed to have the pleasure of knowing during this time. As I started my blog and began to check out what else was out there I stumbled upon one of the best websites (in my opinion) that is on this wonderful world wide web.
It has helped me come to a greater understanding of their religion. This is such a service to us who need to be more educated about Muslims. The greatest way to fight ignorance is education and although I understand that in no way, shape, or form is it their responsibility to do this. However, if they are putting it out there then it is a great blessing for us to read and learn from them.
One of the greatest thing about this website there are 8 contributing authors. This gives a great perspective of how people grouped together are so different. One of the authors (Constructive Attitude) is a first year teacher so I always look forward to see what she has to say about her experience. What a great role-model for her students! I also feel that I am very similar to another author (Mrs Cullen) so I can’t wait to see what she has to say. Take a moment to learn something and enjoy great writing…
These are the voices of different Muslim girls. We disagree, we argue, and each of us is unique with different opinions. In the hopes of teaching you something and making the world a little bit more open minded, we present to you our Symphonic Discord.
It also has one of my absolute favorite quotes right at the top:
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has-Margaret Mead
Thinking about the websites that I enjoy I thought it was important to add a blog roll to my site…so check out some of my other favorite sites!