CAIR-CT: Understanding Islam

Badr Malik, Hartford Courant, 9/25/05

[Badr Malik is director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Connecticut Chapter.]

On behalf of the Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Connecticut Chapter, we would like to commend Ms. Laila Kain on her insightful piece “Our Turn” on the lives of five Muslim women in Connecticut [Sept. 18].

With the current frenzy of terrorism and growing security issues, it was quite refreshing to see a piece focused simply on the day to day lives of Muslim women and their families. Not only does this open up a more practical way to educate individuals about Islam, but in turn, allows people to relate to Muslims on issues that are central to the lives of all Americans: family, work and school.

In addition, it was nice to hear the stories from the women themselves, who offered different, but equally important views on common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. Their individual formulas for incorporating and adapting Islam to the new generation of American Muslims is a struggle that can be shared by all Americans who immigrated to the United States decades ago. We express our sincerest gratitude to you for taking your time to give members of our Connecticut Muslim community a chance to shed light on the growing generalizations that have been overshadowing the positive contributions Muslims have to offer.


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