Muslims gathered at Indiana University in Bloomington on Tuesday for a panel discussion to reflect on their experiences and thoughts since the 9/11 attacks.
IU professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian studies Nazif Shahrani organized the event called “Hoosier Muslims Reflect.” He says the discussion gave Muslims in Bloomington a chance to explain their opinions to the local public.
“The greatest majority of Muslims have nothing to do with those things, and they are peaceful, law-abiding citizens of this country,” he said. “They are proud to be Americans.”
Raha Safi, an IU law student and practicing Muslim, says since 9/11, she has tried to teach people the truth about her religion.
“The biggest change for me at that moment was making people more aware that there is no other avenue to Islam,” she said. “It’s not a religion of violence, and it doesn’t advocate that either.”
The five panelists said they understand some of the federal government’s increased security requirements, but hope Americans will look beyond the 9/11 attacks to discover what they really believe.