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    Posted September 19, 2015 by
    kazm25
    Location
    Chicago, Illinois
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    I am a Muslim in America

    Perception isn't Reality

     

    One would think that being American and being a Muslim would have two diverging paths that would never cross. The reality is that my faith and my loyalty to my country repeatedly converge paths. For example, I find the basis of this claim in the words of Prophet Muhammad who stated that, "Love of one's homeland is a part of faith."

     

    When I first heard the question at town hall of “getting rid” of Muslims, I became disheartened by the fact that I am being asked to leave the country that I was born and raised in. I have been blessed to practice my religion freely, attain an amazing education, and simply enjoy my life as an American supporting my favorite sports teams like the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears. Likewise, I have been able to participate and attend 4th of July Parades, and serve my community by volunteering at food pantry’s, blood drives, and local hospitals.

     

    Many people raise the question of “Where are the moderate Muslims and when will they speak up?" Well for starters, throughout the years I have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, New York Daily News, and Daily Herald on multiple occasions. The topics of these pieces include calling ISIS un-Islamic and inhumane, condemning the Boston Marathon attack, and writing about Veterans Day to ultimately promote peace and harmony.


    All in all, America is founded on diversity and it is truly a blessing to live in the United States. I hope these negative perceptions on “getting rid” of Muslims can be put to rest and that we can all live as brothers and sisters.

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