Local Muslims Look Back To 911

By Jeff Neumeyer

September 9, 2011 Updated Sep 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- On Sunday, Americans will pause and reflect on acts of terrorism that left a lasting scar on an entire nation.

The blame for 911 is placed on Muslim extremists.

But Fort Wayne Muslims want to tell another story ten years after the tremendous disaster.

August 30th, 2011, Muslims gathered at The Plex in Fort Wayne in recognition of the end of Ramadan, a month of intense fasting and prayer.

The EID holiday is a time of special celebration for the faithful.

The marking of 911 is something altogether different for Ivy Tech professor Muhammad Nowab.

Muhammad Nowab/Ivy Tech Professor: " I was in class at the time, and when I saw on the TV, the people watching that something happened, I didn't like it."

Nowab maintains the engineers of the 911 attacks have no rightful claim to a place in Islam.

Nowab: " To kill someone means you are killing the whole nation, the whole world, this is not a good thing. And I wish, you know, the people who did it, they should bring to justice and punish and other people should see it."

Hassan Ene Nassour/Fort Wayne Muslim: " Like all the American people here, we're living here, so this means when it affects the other people, Muslims, Christians, we are one nation."

Fort Wayne physician Abdel Gani Baher wants his new countrymen to see his religion the way it was intended to be viewed.

Abdel Gani Baher, M.D./Fort Wayne Muslim: " They are thinking these people who are involved are Muslims, but that is actually never meant by Islam, so this is something actually done by people that don't understand Islam at all."

Jeff Neumeyer: " It's unquestioned, that many American Muslims and leaders of their religious faith denounce acts of terrorism, and condemn what happened on 9-11. But is it a message that they believe other Americans are hearing?"

Zubair Khan/Fort Wayne Muslim: " What Al Qaeda has done, they hijacked our religion and by hijacking our religion, they've ruined our name, so we have to try to obviously try to improve our name, and most people don't understand our religion, and we have to try to do a better job improving that."

Zubair says 911 convinced him to become more involved in his mosque, to help spread the word that Islam shouldn't be remembered by images of airplanes destroying tall buildings.




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