9/11/2001 changed my life.
It was the first time that I was questioned about my US citizenship as a “Muslim American”.
It was the first time in my life a black person came up to me and said in his exact words that I’ll never forget. “I feel sorry for you guys” because you are going to see how it feels to be discriminated for the color of your skin and who you are and where you came from. Little did I know that moment that lasted 5 minutes will define my life.
It was the first time I ever heard of Osama Bin Laden and its group. It was the first time that I had to go out of my way and say Im a 100% Muslim and 100% American. Simple as that but others would have you think otherwise because of their own agenda. (i.e. FOX NEWS and the other hate mongers)
9/11/2001 is a day that I’ll never forget, its the day that America stood and watched idle as terrorists flew into the World Trade, the Pentagon, and downing of flight 93. God bless all those souls that died on that day except the terrorist.
9/11/2001 made me question who I am, my beliefs, my culture, my IDENTITY was being questioned? Prior to 9/11/2001, I was your average American fresh out of college eager to take on the world, landed a hot job at a start-up, things were going great and then BAM! My life took a turn for the worst to only get better.
Two months after 9/11/2001 I was laid off for no reason, I’m sure you can read between the lines. After being laid off, got arrested for something lame such as lying to a police officer. Moral of the story, don’t lie, tell the truth. And I was not exactly a perfect Muslim and I did party it up in my younger days and had my share of life. But 9/11/2001 threw my identity and religion into the spotlight.
I started to question why Islam is that evil? Why people would do these things? What is the motivation? Where did they get this idea that they are on the right path? Am I a bad Muslim and they are good? What’s going on? All these questions I had running in my head. It did sit dormant for a while but as the Afghan war dragged on, then Iraq, then Iran, then Palestine, then Israel, then Egypt and so on. My heart started to really cry and hurt when I seen those pictures of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and pictures of Gaza.
Is that what America is? Is that what the founding fathers envisioned? Is that what the preamble of US constitution says? “We the people of the “United States of America” must ensure justice and tranquility to form a more perfect Union”. Where is the justice today? Where is the tranquility? Where is the harmony in the formation of a more perfect union? Where is it? Where?
Sometimes life throws a curve ball at you and you can either do one of two things, take the pitch and watch life past you by or swing the bat and take a shot at the home run.
I swung the bat and hit a home run and got down on my knee’s and prayed to Allah(god) and asked for forgiveness and help because god knows we all need help today. This world just throws so much at you, sometimes you just say “fuck it” and go for it. And that’s why I did, I went for it and became a better person by starting slowly to practice my religion of Islam. And I finally learned that just because those evil bastards that flew into the trade towers did what they did, that’s not my identity.
Islam is my identity, being an American born Minnesotan and raised San Francisco Bay Area all my life, that’s my identity. My identity is being a “Muslim” first and foremost because god comes first in all aspect of my life. And being an Arab, my parents are from Jerusalem suburb of Beit Haninah Palestine, that’s my identity! And I’m also 100% pure American as apple pie. And that’s my identity!
My identity is not an either or approach, its the sum of my life from the beginning to the end. That’s my identity!
And so yes, I take 9/11 off from work and life to honor those who were taken per-maturely from us. Because 9/11/2001 should never ever happen again.
God bless America so it can become a just nation and fair and balanced with our policies that are not driven by greed!
God Bless all those who perished on 9/11/2001!
God Bless all those all the innocent millions of Iraq’s who died as result of the bombs that exceeded Hiroshima were dropped on them!
God Bless all those innocent Afghans!
God Bless the families that were raped and burned by US Military in Iraq and bring them to justice!
God help the USA shutdown GITMO!
How many years of injustice does this have to continue?
No trial! No charges! No Justice!
God protect us from all the evilness in this world!
God protect us from all the injustice in this world!
God protect the USA from Super “PAC’s” policies that are funded by evil intentions!
God protect the Jews from the extremist policies of Israel’s current government!
God protect the secularist Israelis from its own extremist government policies!
God protect the Palestinian people from the injustice of this world!
And that’s my identity!
THAT’S MY IDENTITY!