One part of this mixed bag of post 9/11 experience is a lingering perception that American Muslims have not expressed enough outrage and condemnation about these horrific attacks on our nation. I believe this misperception can be easily corrected as Muslims reach out and engage more with the American society at large. Outreach will give our nation a real opportunity to know its Muslim citizens on a personal level and not rely solely on the sensational headlines of the corporate media outlets.
As a matter of information, I’ll chronicle a mere sampling of what Los Angeles area Muslims have done in response to the tragic events of 9/11.
On Sept. 8, 2002, the Islamic Center of Southern California brought together local Muslim leaders, elected officials and law enforcement officials to mark the first memorial service of 9/11. Here a 9/11 memorial quilt, handcrafted by three Muslim women from the area, which displayed the name of every victim of this tragedy, was signed by the L.A. mayor and dedicated at a special ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City on the first anniversary of the attacks.