Local Muslims React to Rep. King's Hearings

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Here in mid-Michigan, the Islamic community is watching the hearings on Islamic radicalization, feeling hurt and targeted.

"Why Muslims are radicalized, you're automatically isolating them, you're already giving them the message something is wrong with you and we need to figure out what," said Dr. Farha Abbasi, an MSU psychiatrist.

Dr. Abbasi knows all about diagnoses. She researches how events like 9-11 affect young Muslim Americans -- a population vulnerable, she says, to backlash from King's hearings.

"It's like you are imbibing these young minds so they are prone to depression, they express depression, they are prone to anxiety, they question their identity and in severe cases where they have physically been assaulted or felt threatened, they have post traumatic stress disorder," she said.

Already, young children -- local Muslim Americans -- are questioning themselves.

"We're getting those questions from kids who are concerned, like, 'have we been kicked out or are we having to move or anything like that?' and that's very painful," said Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji, spokesperson for the East Lansing Islamic Center.

Perhaps the most painful when it's coming from your own nine year old son.

"When he asks me, 'dad, why are people angry at us? Have I done something wrong?' That brings a tear to my eye," he said.

Dr. Katranji says Muslim Americans are actually a huge ally against terrorism and singling them out is counterproductive.

"They're quite successful, theyre very integrated with the society they live in which is the United States," he said. "They find no conflict between being Muslim and being a proud American citizen."


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  • by david Location: charlotte on Mar 11, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    what other religion beheads pepol, what other religion kills the ones that leave or murders their own for becoming to americanized. pepol need to read the quran muslims are not to aklamate into the nation in which they live. look at the way they treat their women makes them cover their heads and in some nations if a woman is caught cheating on her husband shes stoned to death and the man, nothing happens to him. the quran says its ok to kill jews and christens, calls them desendents of apes and pigs. look at the way muslims react to critisim of their religion or the quran or mohomed with violence. look at nations that are mostly islamic most are dictatorships so i think that these hearings are in order. and if muslims are offended maybe they should look at their faith and see way pepol in this nation are weary of them .
  • by Phil Location: St Johns on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:40 AM
    Muslins and Illegal Aliens seem to be the new third rail of politics. When Catholic Priests were under fire no one seemed to mind. It's the job of our government is to investigate these situations.
  • by lansing623 on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM
    First the Muslim Community needs to understand, "As American's WE DON'T FORGET, but in time We will forgive, You can push all you want, but be prepared for US (AMERICANS) TO PUSH BACK, AND YOU WON'T LIKE IT". Some people/American's may not understand that there was a Muslim American's Community, in the Detroit area for many years before 911. And many of the people in the community were good, UNTIL 911..... It's to soon for US as AMERICANS TO FORGET or FORGIVE...
  • by markjuliansmith Location: Australia on Mar 10, 2011 at 09:35 PM
    Plato thousands of years ago gave humanity some good advice for harmonious societies delete text purported to be from Gods which informs evil action. Everyone of us base our lives on less than perfect text. To target one without the other is rather hypocritical. It should be about all text which vilifies other Religious or Secular not persons. The fact is Muslims are already radicalized the reason being from the Islamic texts Quran foundation chapter "THE COW" onwards vilification of and justification of 'grevious harm' against other is the main theme. This is why terrorists are good boys and girls coming from good Muslim families. It is that simple. The radical Muslim clerics are not triggering anything they are simply providing the opportunity. The trigger has already been created by the basic Islamic text which forms all Muslims. The fact all Muslims do not act on it is irrelevant for as we see enough Muslims do from generation to generation to perpetuate the terror.
  • by Charleigh Location: Lansing on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Well the Muslim community have only their own people to blame for the negative feelings people have. We dont hear of anything good from their religion, only the radical things- like Islamic law. To most Americans, this is barbaric. Show us something good. The lipservice you pay about your faith doesn't mean much- its is actions that speak much louder than words. People base feelings on what they know. If they only know the bad sides, and not the good, they will not have positive attitudes towards the Muslim religion.
  • by Kory Location: JAX on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    What I find, is that islamic fundetmentalist's are from the communities where muslins live.. Ok.. SO this is where these young individuals are learning to hate America, any maybe they already do hate American's and are just hiding that fact, until they can act upon their hatred. They need to be profiled, and singled out. We as American citizen's are getting harrased and no one harrases muslins in fear of profiling attacks. because we are picking on muslins. This country needs to wake up and stop letting the muslins in and run this country.
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