9/11: A 10th Anniversary Interview – Pt 05/11

September 11th, 2001.

The events of that day affected the daily lives of not just those in the US but also of countless people all over the world, in both subtle & not so subtle ways.

10 years later, the repercussions are still being felt but in all this time no voice has been given to the average moderate Muslim.

What follows is a transcript from an interview with a friend of mine, who has a Muslim background, on this broad topic of 9/11.

It was held on Saturday, June 11th, 2011.


Question #05:

You already mentioned that on the day of 9/11 when you finally got back home to your loved ones, you were glad to be able to talk to them about it.

While probably not a daily or recurring topic, are 9/11 & terrorism in general uncomfortable or taboo subjects for you or in your household ?

Friend: Not in the household because we generally have the same opinion like uh… you know, some people talk about Muslims & terrorists in 1 sentence, like they’re synonymous.

X-Mer: Right, like it’s the same thing.

Friend: To us they’re just like… they’re not part of the Muslim community because when you are a good Muslim you don’t do the things that they do.

They can still call themselves Muslims but you know, they’ll never be… I’ll never associate with a terrorist. Who I do feel association with are the younger people who’re Muslims & are being held back because of it. I think it’s a very good breeding ground for even more hate in the future actually & I think that’s a bad thing.

X-Mer: Yeah, that’s already going on. Resentment & hatred & anger because of being treated & judged unfairly.

Friend: Sure.

What I do notice within my family, not the inner core like me, my brother, my parents & also my grandma but other relatives in my extended family & some are… they do sympathise with the terrorists.

I also think when in the media people are grouped together like “oh, they’re Muslims & they’re terrorists” & “well, they don’t join the terrorists but they do nothing to stop them, so they’re also bad” even though… you know the non-Muslim people are also doing nothing to prevent it.

So, yeah I can understand how they, my extended family, think like the terrorists are doing a good thing because “America is arrogant” & stuff like that.

I can understand their anger but I’ll never say “you’re right” because… sure, America has done a lot of questionable things in the past I think were…

X-Mer: …downright just bad things ?

Friend: Yeah, downright bad things. Which country hasn’t ? But you know you don’t go around killing innocent people, that’s just wrong.

X-Mer: Well, apparently some do.

Friend: Some do but you know, I could never condone that. Who in his/her right mind could condone that ?

X-Mer: Right.

Friend: & also so-called “smart people” say “you have to make sacrifices to get to your goal” but I really question what those goals are. Seems like it’s Man’s problem like “I have this & I want more of it ! & whoever gets in my way…”.

X-Mer: That’s a horrible form of greed basically.

Friend: Yeah sure, & I think a lot of people have that greed unfortunately. It’s politicians, banks. It’s money & power & having more of it. “Who cares what happens to people ?”

Also & this is something I’ve noticed in more recent years like the providers of food would use preservatives that were harmful to people & you’re killing your own customers only because it’s more cost efficient. I don’t get that type of thinking, then you think: “what’s wrong with you ?”.

X-Mer: A follow-up question about those extended relatives…

Friend: Sure.

X-Mer: Has that, with that type of opinion which you don’t share, has that made it like a thing you have to overcome when talking to them ?

Friend: Well, some of them were surprising, I didn’t expect some people to think like that & some of them already were thinking like that before so it wasn’t really a surprise.

They’re family you know & it’s just an opinion, it’s not like they’re… not that I know, that they’re actually terrorists & assisting.

Like I try not to… I mean, I meet non-Muslim people & they also have opinions I don’t share but I don’t… I can still get along with them. It’s not like “you have a different opinion, so I’m going to hate you” something like that.

X-Mer: Like Bush said: “Either you’re with us or you’re with the terrorists” ?

Friend: Yeah, that’s a very stupid way of thinking.

X-Mer: Even though he was right, of course ?

Friend: [LOL]

Sure, sure. He was right.


That’s it for part 5 but please check back tomorrow for part 6 of the interview, where I ask my friend about the misconceptions of Islam & Muslims that arose after 9/11.


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