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    Posted May 31, 2011 by
    iShahQazi
    Location
    Wheeling, Illinois
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Share your 9/11 story

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    School Day 9/11

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iShahQazi says she 'had to cope with the constant stares, bullying, remarks, and jokes about being a female Muslim' after the September 11 attacks. Ten years later, she says the experience 'has made me become a stronger and confident woman.'
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    I remember 9/11 vividly considering that I was a fifth grader when it happened. Out of all the emotions I went through witnessing this horrific event the two emotions that carried on from that day till now is sadness and fear. I felt sad for the families suffering and the innocent victims but at the same time fearful of what people will think of me. Being a fifth grader and worrying about "fitting in" with friends and society was a struggle after this event occurred. I am an American Muslim female who wears a hijab and I have never had an issue with the hijab until post 9/11. I remember helping raise money for the victims of 9/11 but at the same time being shunned by society from consistent security checks at airports, stores, and recieving stares from numerous people. I was just a fifth grader attending school but it was sad to see the amount of “islamophobia” to develop from that point on. Now I am a confident college student and I will still never forget 9/11 and my prayers and thoughts continue to go out to the victims and their families. This tragic event may have changed several people's view of Muslims, but it seems unfair to associate a criminal event to a peaceful religion and its followers.

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