The Muslims have been facing various challenges in their stay within the United States of America especially after the events of 911. The United States of America is a world superpower, something that has made it be on the global radar at all times. One of the issues that come up is the way the country treats its citizens. The United States of America is one of the diverse countries in the world has the most diverse population. Such a country faces matters to do with the cohesion of the people in the country (Hamid, 2007). The events of 911 changed the perception of the people in the United States of America towards the Muslims. The incidents led to Islamophobia among a section of the people living in the United States of America. This paper assesses the post 911 America and the lives of the Muslims within the country (Ali, 2011).
Muslim Impact post 911 on American Society
On 11th September in the year 2001, the United States of America woke up to the news that suspected terrorists had destroyed the World Trade Centre in New York. The United States of America responded by sending its troops to the county which they perceived as the enemy. The US armed forces were then sent to fight the Taliban-led Afghanistan after which they invaded Iraq that was led by Saddam Hussein. The event has proved to be the most sequential after the Second World War. The United States of America united with the other countries to form the coalition of the willing with the aim of wedging a global war on terror. The war on terror has been criticized because it led to the death of the innocent women and children who did not have anything to do with terrorism. Most of the people criticized the war on terror that was being led by the United States of America (Haddad, & Harb, 2014).
The Muslim community in the United States of America is one of the most vibrant and the fastest growing, and the most intellectually influential Muslim minority in the world today. They have been affected by the relationship that the west has with the Muslim world. There have been cases where the Muslims in the United States of America have been profiled with regards to terrorism in the country (Haddad, & Harb, 2014). Most of them have been the targets for searches and seizures after a terror attack. Several civic organizations have been against Muslim profiling, and they have come up with several measures to deal with it. They have been talking to the government to help them in the fight against the profiling of the Muslims since it is affecting the unity of the nation and not all the Muslims are terrorists. They have been at the forefront to teach the people that being Muslim does not mean that a person is a terrorist. The notion has been common among the Americans which calls for more effort in dealing with it in the society (Ogbuagu, 2013).
The Muslim minorities in the United States of America and the whole of the west have always been on the receiving end in the war against terror. Iraq and Afghanistan have been uprooted and devastated by the war against terror. The people in the country are still trying to rebuild their life after the destruction that was perpetrated by the government of the United States of America. The devastation wrought on them is beyond any human estimation. The events of 11th September 2001 have led to an increase in Islamophobia among the people in the United States of America. Islamophobia is equated to the general prejudice and hatred for Islam. The Islamophobia has been there even before the terror attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. However, the terror attack aggravated the hate against Islam and Muslims as many people began to associate the religion with the radicalization of the youth and terrorism that claimed the lives of many Americans in the country (Hamid, 2007). September 11 led to the creation of new negative image about the Muslim people in the minds of the western public. The religion, its holy book, as well as the prophets and the preachers, have been publically ridiculed and mocked by the developing anti-Muslim factions in the west. The ridicule has been done repeatedly in some states and countries in such a way that the Muslim faith cannot take it any longer (Haddad, & Harb, 2014).
Even though many negatives are associated with the 911 events, some positives can be associated with the situation. First of all most of the people in the United States of America have become interested in Islam and the matters to do with the religion and culture. Many people are now studying it, and many are converting to the religion. The interest in the religion has made many people understand what radicalization is and how they can deal with it. Most of the people in the United States of America can distinguish between terrorism and the Muslim culture which is one great boost in the war against terror in the country (Haddad, & Harb, 2014).
The Muslims have been facing various challenges in their stay within the United States of America especially after the events of 911. The challenges have brought positive results at times. However, there is a growing phobia against the Muslims in the United States of America that should be dealt with for a better society.
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