The mindset of the Muslim Faith after 9/11/2001

After the attacks on September 11th, 2001 on the United States of America many American citizens had different feelings toward the Muslim faith. In the passage Bin Laden and Other Thoroughly Modern Muslims, Charles Kurzman goes into detail about the Muslim faith and how there are many other Muslims that do not have ties to the Al Quade group that preformed the attacks of September 11th.

The Muslims Faith lives in the modern society even though they say they want to go back to the golden ages. Charles Kuzman goes into detail about how the Muslim Faith is just like us but a small group of them have different religious views.  Kuzman brings up that most Muslims do not believe the attacks were morally right and called for.  “Start with bin Laden himself.  Thought he issued fatwas (religious judgments) as though he were a seminary-educated Islamic scholar, his training was in civil engineering.”(Kuzman 392)  Even Bin Laden was a highly educated leader within the Muslim Faith.  Kuzamn gives detail that in the Muslim Faith their leaders are highly educated just like the leaders of the United States of America.

Giddens talks about trust “the main definition of ‘trust’ in the Oxford English Dictionary describes it as “confidence in or reliance in some quality or attribute of a person or thing, or the truth of a statement””.  When it comes to the American citizens I think they lost all trust in the Muslim Faith when the attacks of September 11th, 2001 happened.  Although it seems to me that the trust in the Muslim Faith is coming back it shows that trust can be there one moment and the next it could not be there.  Once the uproar and Americans look into the Muslim Faith they realize that just because Al Quade is an organization of Muslim Faith, doesn’t mean that all Muslims are involved with the organization.

I can personally say I had the mindset that all Muslims were part of the Al Quade organization.  I had this mindset because the Global War on terrorism started after the attacks and my father served two tours during this war.  I believe that is why I had that mindset but after looking into the Muslim Faith I have realized that they are not all part of the organization and are actually a highly educated group of people.  Would the America citizens have the same mindset of the Muslim Faith is there were to be another attack on the USA from an organization with Muslim Faith?  What could be done to prevent the citizens of America to go back to the same mindset as before?

JF

2 thoughts on “The mindset of the Muslim Faith after 9/11/2001

  1. I appreciate how informative this blog post was and you definitely were able to establish a point and express it to the reader. I too read this same article and interpreted it in a similar manner that you did, which is another reason why I like your post. I like how you brought up the quote, “Start with bin Laden himself. Thought he issued fatwas (religious judgments) as though he were a seminary-educated Islamic scholar, his training was in civil engineering”(Kuzman 392), and then furthered it by saying, “Even Bin Laden was a highly educated leader within the Muslim Faith. Kuzamn gives detail that in the Muslim Faith their leaders are highly educated just like the leaders of the United States of America.” This showed the reader that leaders of Muslim Faith are well educated; and as are our leaders, which shows that they are civilized human beings. I also appreciate how you brought up Giddens’ idea of trust, which I agree plays a big part in the modern view of the Muslim Faith today. Trust between Americans and those of Muslim Faith has definitely decreased after the 9/11 attacks. You then end off your post with a question that causes the reader to think more about your blog post as a whole, which is good as well. Overall, I think your blog post was very interesting and helpful.

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  2. “When it comes to the American citizens I think they lost all trust in the Muslim Faith when the attacks of September 11th, 2001 happened”. This statement you made really sticks out to me above all others. This statement can relate to Giddens in his views on trust in systems and people but most of all this statement points out a terrible truth in our society. In your article you talk about how people blame the entire Muslim religion for the attacks of 9/11 and you go on to give information as to why that is false. I appreciate this because so many people to not bother to educate themselves on the Muslim religion and they just assume all Islamic people hate the United States. This could not be more false, in fact the Muslim religion is a very non-violent religion besides from a few extremists who misrepresent the entire rest of the religion. I do agree with you that trust in the Muslim faith is being restored, but it is not at a fast enough pace. Schools fail to educate its’ students on this particular topic and the question I can’t seem to answer myself is; what can be done to convince the public school system to educate its’ students on world religion?

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