By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, one in all this country’s most crucial Muslim leaders finds the tale of his lifestyles and his religion, and why Islam is nice for the United States. because the spiritual chief of the Islamic heart of the US in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the most important Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those shorelines started in 1971, while his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives pressured his kinfolk 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 information and the place his childrens may well develop up within the peace Qazwini were denied.
First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a surprising new global within which leaders have been brazenly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on show in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with no end result. He additionally observed a land during which the shortcoming of a standard religion necessitated an outstanding attempt to create a shared group. through counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of alternative beliefs–he got here to suppose at domestic within the state he already enjoyed, and he turned a relied on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.
Then, after 11th of September, Osama bin encumbered gave him “a new full-time job.”
American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach americans how those that destroyed the realm alternate heart had hijacked Islam in addition, and that the majority Muslims have been appalled via 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 background of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and not easy stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated through the media. Iran, he issues out, has a better percent of ladies in its parliament than the us does in either homes of Congress. “If you need to know 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 USA, this booklet is a crucial contribution to our realizing of all those that stay between us, at a time whilst it concerns so much.