"In my two-week journey I met pilgrims who were dogmatically going through the motions and others who were busy finding mistakes in what others were doing and going out of their way to educate everyone on the “right way” of being a Muslim."
"Thus I grew up amidst this clash of modernization versus conservatism, old versus new, religion verses ego. My presentations taught me much about my fellow Americans, much about myself, and much about the world we live in today."
Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, shares his Muslim American journey with MALA, and is featured on National Public Radio station WBEZ for StoryCorps.
"The morning of September 11th, my bell rang and a fellow foreign student came over to tell me about the unthinkable. American society, the perception of Muslims living within America and elsewhere… everything changed that day."
"What has always been perceived as immigrant is now the citizenry. I look at my son in wonder at his mixed heritage and the legacy of those that came before him."
"I refuse to accept that a sexual harassment victim has to stay quiet about the incident because it is supposedly 'shameful.' It is time for a change."
"As a woman of color and a Muslim, I have found it has been somewhat tumultuous navigating my true identity."
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