I am an American of European descent. My grandparents were born here. My parents never knew any other home or any language beside English.
I grew up doing all sorts of typical American things; from parties and sleepovers to swimming lessons and horseback riding. We had amazing summers boating across the Long Island sound. We dug for clams with our feet in the shallow waters of the bay and stayed on the beach until sunset. We enjoyed backyard barbecues and fireworks. Our winters were brightened by snowmen, iceskating and mugs of hot chocolate.
When I chose to be a Muslim did I become less of an American?
Of course not!
I’m still me… and America is founded on the concept of freedom of religion.
In some ways, I am an ideal representation of what it means to be American by exercising my freedom of choice.
As it turns out, I’m more appreciative of my country, culture and many of the values I’ve been raised with now that I am Muslim, than I ever was before.
But does Islam conflict with American values?
The truth is, there is much more in common than there are differences. The concept that Islam is un-American is a fallacy and a relatively new one at that.
Did you know the Supreme Court of the United States of America honored the prophet Muhammad as one of the greatest lawgivers of all time as recently as 1935?
Maybe there is another reason that some people’s initial reaction is that those two terms can’t coexist?
Objectivity and a genuine interest in educating oneself about the facts are all that is needed to find out.