9/11

Originally published in Time ‘Wars cannot end terrorism, but personal sacrifice and education can’ This year, Eid ul Adha—Islam’s holiest holiday—falls just one day after the 15-year anniversary of 9/11. Perhaps serendipitous, just one day after the anniversary of when extremists violently took so much, the Eid of Sacrifice asks

Originally published in The Eagle Fourteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, the wounds still run deep among the citizens of this country. Today, millions will mourn the 2,977 individuals who died and the many families affected. If we want to remember the people hurt by these barbaric

Originally published in Dallas Morning News Fourteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, a tragedy shook the foundations of not only buildings, but of society worldwide. A generation has been raised in a decade of two wars and violent conflicts. Islamophobia has also affected innocent children and families across Western

Originally published in the The Santa Clarita Valley Signal On this anniversary of 9/11, it seems there is more to be concerned about now than to alleviate us from the wounds inflicted 13 years ago. Sept. 11 has come to symbolize terrorism, cruelty and injustice. Over the course of the previous

Originally published in The Washington Post On May 21, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York is scheduled to release “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” a seven-minute film telling the story of the attacks. Full disclosure: I have not watched the film. But last week, The New

Originally published in Santa Barbara Independent He wore a red bandana. Despite seeing the blood of those dying around him, he decided to go back into the smoky building. Despite the noise of the stricken building, his soothing voice calmed the injured. Despite being just a young 24-year-old among fleeing

Originally published in Fox News I was invited to appear alongside Dinesh D’Souza as a guest on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” on Tuesday night, May 13, to answer the question of why many Muslims and non-Muslims have taken issue with the film “Rise of Al Qaeda,” which is set

Originally published in New York Daily News Jamaica Hills: I am an 11-year-old American Ahmadi Muslim. My parents are from Bangladesh, and I am in sixth grade. It has been quite an experience growing up in post-9/11 America with my background. In the fifth grade, every time the topics Islam,

Originally published in USA Today Twelve years ago, al-Qaeda took nearly 3,000 innocent lives. I was too young to understand why, but I knew that the Islam I followed didn’t teach violence. I knew that the Quran condemns the taking of innocent lives. I couldn’t understand why, when Islam clearly

Originally Published in The Washington Post “You don’t have to do this! You shouldn’t have to. It’s a disgrace.” At the height of the 2010 Park 51 “Ground Zero Mosque” controversies, I, along with thousands of Muslim American youth nationwide, was engrossed in a massive “Muslims for Peace” flyer distribution.