Generalizing positive attributes could actually help Interfaith Harmony

May 23, 2009

Generalize This!

A Muslim man helps a Jewish couple on the sub from extremist Christian attackers in the United States of America. Unfortunately the American media is seen keen on relating individual or group violances when Muslims are involved with the religion and thus the entire Muslim community but somehow fail in relating acts of good citizenship and social responsibility with the followers of Islam all too often.


Young Muslim Americans speak on Societal Integration in the USA

May 23, 2009

Popular cable TV anchor and host Riz Khan of the Al-Jazeera English TV speaks to young Muslim Americans on their experiences regarding societal attitudes especially post 9/11. Also includes opinions by spokesperson of the Department of Homeland Security, American Government.

All the participants had a mix of opinion but the net of their opinion affirmed that being a Muslim surely had a compromising effect on their lives in the American society. The guest Muslim girls wearing hijab also shared that despite the fact that they chose to wear hijab without any compulsion, the American public in general thought of it as a symbol of oppression and looked upon the girls in a sympathetic fashion.

This discussion reveals that despite having diversity in the USA the society has really not been able to understand and thus respect their different lifestyles that emanate from their unique belief systems. The problem occurs whenever a sharp individual deviation or extremity is observed by the society and the focus suddenly narrows towards the Muslim community. This generalization of an individual act is the strongest dis-integrating fault of the American social system that has its foundation laid into ignorance of other faiths and cultures that collectively make up the American Dream.