By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, one among this country’s most vital Muslim leaders finds the tale of his existence and his religion, and why Islam is sweet for the USA. because the non secular chief of the Islamic heart of the USA in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the biggest Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those seashores begun in 1971, whilst his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives compelled his relatives to escape from Saddam’s Iraq to Kuwait after which to war-torn Iran. Then, in 1992, along with his father’s blessing, he left for the U.S., a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking non secular advice and the place his young children may well develop up within the peace Qazwini were denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a stunning new international within which leaders have been overtly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on exhibit in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with no final result. He additionally observed a land within which the inability of a standard religion necessitated a good attempt to create a shared group. by means of counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of alternative beliefs–he got here to consider at domestic within the state he already enjoyed, and he grew to become a relied on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after 9-11, Osama bin weighted down gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach american citizens how those that destroyed the realm exchange heart had hijacked Islam in addition, and that the majority Muslims have been appalled through their activities. but he additionally takes the Bush management to activity for championing the prejudicial Patriot Act (after Muslims supported George W. Bush within the 2000 election) and deplores its behavior within the Iraq War.Throughout American Crescent, Qazwini deals a revelatory examine the tenets and historical past of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and tough stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated by way of the media. Iran, he issues out, has the next percent of ladies in its parliament than the USA does in either homes of Congress. “If you need to find out about Islam,” he writes, “turn off the TV.”At as soon as a desirable own tale and a heartfelt plea to combine Islamic teachings into the tolerant traditions of the United States, this publication is a vital contribution to our figuring out of all those that dwell between us, at a time while it concerns such a lot.
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American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America by Hassan Qazwini