Nohayia Javed, a senior from Tulsa, Okla., visited one of the Afghani refugee camps on the Pakistan side of the Pakistani/Afghani border in 2002.
While she was there she noticed a young boy sitting on the floor drawing circles in the dirt with a stick.
She asked him if he needed any food or water. He smiled and said, “No.”
She then asked if there was anything he needed, and he told her, “Mama.” When she asked where his mother was he pointed toward the sky.
This account was one of many things discussed Monday night at the Sept. 11 “Visions for the Future” panel sponsored by the Center for American and Jewish Studies.
The panel focused on the effects of Sept. 11 in both the American and international Islamic community.
Students and professors met in Alexander Residence Hall’s reading room and listened to three speakers share their views and experiences in a post-Sept. 11 world.
The room was so full that many had to stand in the back or sit on the floor.
“We’re trying to present different points of view that you wouldn’t normally hear,” said Dr. Marc Ellis, director of the Center for Jewish Studies and university professor.
“It’s important for us to talk about what has happened between then (Sept. 11) and now.”
Imam Sheikh Zobir, of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston focused on the differences between the claims of terrorists and the peaceful teachings Islam.
Adeel Zeb, a graduate of the Baylor School of Business and Communications Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Houston, spoke about the effects of Sept. 11 on Muslim Americans.
“The thing we need to remember is that we cannot base our beliefs on the acts of certain individuals,” Zeb said.
“Muslims that commit acts of terrorism in the name of Islam are in fact hijacking and defaming their own religion.”