I believe that many Americans misunderstand Muslims and their religion. Due to U.S. media and propaganda, many Americans are quite confused regarding the clear difference between Muslims and those who have committed acts of terror on our country. After 9/11, our country drastically changed. The mass hysteria created around Muslims and Islam by the use of terrorists has truly had a large impact on our country by dividing many.
In the audio, “Inside American Islam,” Akbar Ahmed discusses his anthropological knowledge and his experience of visiting 100 mosques around America. Akbar Ahmed states that because Americans are living in times of rapid change and crisis, by adding a sense of fear and uncertainty, such a catalyst could raise havoc. The catalyst he is referring to is the building of mosques all around our country and the uproar coming from Americans who are not in favor of these mosques being built.
Tariq Ramadan and Resa Aslan are also mentioned in this audio. They each discuss their views on the ignorance around the Muslim community. After 9/11, a gap has opened up between Muslims and Non-Muslims. Muslims either feel angry or scared due to the violence seen around mosques in the U.S. Because Islam remains unknown to most Americans, their insecurities and fears regarding the religion continues.
Tariq Ramadan also discusses this issue in the regard to face veils. In the video about banning the face veil, Tariq Ramadan states his beliefs regarding women wearing face veils and how the government should not have any involvement regarding the issue. Ramadan believes that the government/state should not be able to decide. The issue of allowing women to wear face veils is more of a political issue over anything else. Ramadan states that many women who wear veils decide to do so on their own, not because it is being forced.