By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, one in every of this country’s most crucial Muslim leaders finds the tale of his lifestyles and his religion, and why Islam is nice for the USA. because the non secular chief of the Islamic heart of the United States in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the most important Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those beaches all started in 1971, while his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives pressured his relations to escape from Saddam’s Iraq to Kuwait after which to war-torn Iran. Then, in 1992, along with his father’s blessing, he left for the U.S., a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking non secular tips and the place his teenagers may develop up within the peace Qazwini have been denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a surprising new global within which leaders have been overtly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on show in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with no end result. He additionally observed a land within which the inability of a standard religion necessitated an exceptional attempt to create a shared neighborhood. through counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of different beliefs–he got here to believe at domestic within the kingdom he already enjoyed, and he grew to become a relied on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after 9-11, Osama bin encumbered gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach american citizens how those that destroyed the area alternate heart had hijacked Islam in addition, and that almost all Muslims have been appalled through their activities. but he additionally takes the Bush management to activity for championing the prejudicial Patriot Act (after Muslims supported George W. Bush within the 2000 election) and deplores its behavior within the Iraq War.Throughout American Crescent, Qazwini bargains a revelatory examine the tenets and background of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and not easy stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated through the media. Iran, he issues out, has the next percent of ladies in its parliament than the U.S. does in either homes of Congress. “If you must find out about Islam,” he writes, “turn off the TV.”At as soon as a desirable own tale and a heartfelt plea to combine Islamic teachings into the tolerant traditions of the United States, this ebook is a vital contribution to our figuring out of all those that stay between us, at a time while it concerns such a lot.
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We would follow along as he read passages from texts hundreds of years old and offered his interpretation of the historical scholarship. With such a bare-bones approach, the teachers' passion and rapport with the class were essential. Some teachers 'were animated and engaging. Some, I regret to say, were boring. As students advanced, they had more freedom to sample various instructors and stick with those they learned from best. Qum's seminary had (and still has) the largest and most emi- 48 American Crescent nent Shia faculty in the world.
I knew the exotic landscapes of the desert Southwest from watching TV westerns with Arabic captions at friends' houses. I remember being mesmerized by the sweeping brass soundtracks that accompanied them. I was familiar with Texas and Hollywood and the Marlboro Man. I saw John Wayne grimacing from Kuwait City marquees. Islam was expanding. Already the grounding of daily life and culture in much of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, it was gaining more exposure in traditionally Christian countries such as Germany, France, Britain, and the United States.
I planned a ceremony with two classmates at my father's house. A very distinguished scholar who was my father's friend was invited to spin my turban. My father, my brothers, a few of my teachers, and nearly my entire seminary class attended. Seminary was not the rigid, hierarchical body dictating Islamic knowledge that my descriptions might make it seem. We managed to come away with a broad base of shared knowledge, but the entire structure of the seminary was organic and geared to the individual.
American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, the Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America by Hassan Qazwini