By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, certainly one of this country’s most vital Muslim leaders unearths the tale of his lifestyles and his religion, and why Islam is sweet for the US. because the spiritual chief of the Islamic middle of the United States in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the most important Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those shorelines begun in 1971, whilst his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives compelled his kin to escape from Saddam’s Iraq to Kuwait after which to war-torn Iran. Then, in 1992, together with his father’s blessing, he left for the USA, a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking religious information and the place his youngsters may develop up within the peace Qazwini have been denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a stunning new international during which leaders have been brazenly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on exhibit in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with no end result. He additionally observed a land during which the shortcoming of a typical religion necessitated a very good attempt to create a shared neighborhood. through counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of alternative beliefs–he got here to consider at domestic within the nation he already enjoyed, and he turned a depended on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after 11th of September, Osama bin weighted down gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach american citizens how those that destroyed the area exchange middle had hijacked Islam in addition, and that the majority Muslims have been appalled by means of their activities. but he additionally takes the Bush management to job for championing the prejudicial Patriot Act (after Muslims supported George W. Bush within the 2000 election) and deplores its behavior within the Iraq War.Throughout American Crescent, Qazwini deals a revelatory examine the tenets and historical past of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and not easy stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated by way of the media. Iran, he issues out, has the next percent of girls in its parliament than the U.S. does in either homes of Congress. “If you must know about Islam,” he writes, “turn off the TV.”At as soon as a desirable own tale and a heartfelt plea to combine Islamic teachings into the tolerant traditions of the US, this booklet is a vital contribution to our figuring out of all those that dwell between us, at a time whilst it concerns such a lot.
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