Muslims in America (04:03)
Approximately 10-30% of African-American slaves practiced the Muslim religion when they arrived in the United States; they eventually lost their connection to the religion. After the Hart-Celler Act was implemented, the Muslim population grew into a thriving religious community. In this film, Ahmed Salih, Ismail Akbulut, Hamideh Etemadnia, Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali, Christine Sheikh, and Ahmad Ghais will discuss whether they are considered visible in their communities. (Credits)
Tensions between Cultures (02:53)
Muslims discuss their experiences of living in the United States. Etemadnia discusses Islamophobia in her daily life; she wears a hijab. Akbulut struggled with growing up Turkish and living in Germany.
The group discusses experiencing prejudice because of their religion. Ghais believes Islamophobia justifies Islamic extremists and can be used as a recruiting tool. Sheikh describes receiving a disturbing email after listing a Muslim Awareness Week on her college campus.
What Do Americans Think of Islam? (03:09)
Ali believes most Americans are ignorant about the Muslim faith. Keeping women from education is not an Islamic precept. Sheik feels demoralized when she needs to explain she is not a mass murderer.
After the Orlando Shootings (03:30)
Etemadnia worried about taking public transportation in the days following the shooting; her work held a staff meeting to see how they can better support Muslim workers. Salih and Ghais discuss how the need to explain to Americans that Islamic extremists are not Muslims.
Muslims Supporting Muslims (03:00)
Ft. Logan organized a gathering to commemorate fallen Muslim soldiers. Ghais' brother served in the army to become a helicopter pilot; he died during the Vietnam War.
Creating Institutions (04:36)
Muslims need to gather, contribute to the community, and be an active part of society to combat Islamophobia. Muslims need to clarify erroneous beliefs made by the general population. World Denver and the Abrahamic Initiative help support these missions.
Voices from the Community (05:26)
Obeid Kaifo raises awareness of the Syrian war. Akbulut feels the U.S. is one of the best places to live as a Muslim and explains there are many different branches of Islam. God made humans in different colors and tribes so we would get to know each other.
Credits: Acts of Courage and Healing (00:37)
Credits: Acts of Courage and Healing
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