Now is not a good time to be an American Muslim.

Though the United States is not waging war against Islam, and protects its practice here under the First Amendment, those who attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001, did so in the name of Allah.

Thus, many Americans are suspicious of Muslims, having heard stories of imams in mosques preaching vengeful sermons, calling for violence against nonbelievers. The exhortation to wage jihad against “infidels,” it’s often said, is in the Quran.

Not so, say two Muslims who spoke with our Editorial Board last week. Islam, they told us, is tolerant of other beliefs, and Dr. Abul Hasan, who chairs the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says that he opposes killing, on religious grounds.


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