I was invited by Congresswoman Sue Myrick from North Carolina to participate in a conference Friday of moderate Muslims to discuss ways to combat extremism in the American Muslim community. It is time that we Muslims tackle this problem head on, or else we will have to deal with the consequences of an American public increasingly incensed by the repeated threats and attacks from Muslim lunatics.
It is not, as some like to say, an issue of “Islamophobia”, but rather the very real fear and exhaustion that Americans feel in the wake of 9/11 and subsequent attacks over the past 9 years. I have joined the fight to stop this madness for the sake of our community and the nation, and will work with all people of goodwill to achieve that goal. For that reason I have become part of a new group called the American Islamic Leadership Coalition. It we don’t solve this problem it will be solved for us, a development that could turn very ugly for the entire Muslim community. Pictured above is Rep. Myrick to my right, and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, to my left, along with other participants.