I’ve been Muslim since 2002. Having been born in a homogeneous community in the suburbs, I understand some of the ideas Americans and others have about Islam. As I have learned more and more over the years, I have been struck by how familiar Islam really is.
True Islam according to the Quran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad, defies preconceived notions many have about religion in general as well as common stereotypes about Islam.
I decided to share my observations and to challenge the common perception that Islam is strange. I hope that by sharing Islam’s familiarity, collectively we can reduce the incidents of violence and hatred that are occurring with frightening frequency toward innocent people, merely because they are Muslim.
I also hope to share with those born to Muslim families from overseas, the diversity of the Muslims here in America where Caucasians like me make up over 28% of the Muslim community.