NJ: Muslims Say Trust Remains Elusive

NJ: Muslims Say Trust Remains Elusive


Yursil Kidwai’s mother still tells him to shave his beard.”She thinks it makes me look more like a terrorist,” said the 27-year-old Pakistani-American, a computer expert who grew up in Paramus.

“She thinks it makes me look more like a suspicious figure because I fit some stereotype of the people you see on TV who do these horrible things.”

Four years after Al-Qaida launched its surprise assault on the United States and almost three years into the war in Iraq, American Muslim communities in North Jersey and nationwide still are explaining themselves. Still trying to fill voids of ignorance with information about Islam. Still worrying about the erosion of the civil liberties that inspired them or their parents to come to the United States in the first place. (MORE)

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