American Crescent: A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His by Hassan Qazwini

By Hassan Qazwini

During this inspiring narrative, one among this country’s most vital Muslim leaders finds the tale of his existence and his religion, and why Islam is nice for the United States. because the spiritual chief of the Islamic heart of the US in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the most important Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those seashores begun in 1971, whilst his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives pressured his kin to escape from Saddam’s Iraq to Kuwait after which to war-torn Iran. Then, in 1992, together with his father’s blessing, he left for the U.S., a spot the place younger Muslims have been looking religious suggestions and the place his little ones might develop up within the peace Qazwini were denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a stunning new global during which leaders have been brazenly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on demonstrate in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with out end result. He additionally observed a land during which the shortcoming of a typical religion necessitated a good 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 nation he already enjoyed, and he turned a relied on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after Sept. 11, Osama bin weighted down gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach americans how those that destroyed the area exchange middle had hijacked Islam besides, and that almost all Muslims have been appalled by way of 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 tough stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated via the media. Iran, he issues out, has the next percent of girls in its parliament than the us 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 US, this publication is a crucial contribution to our realizing of all those that stay between us, at a time while it issues so much.

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The worst part of student life was the public baths. The weather in Karbala and Kuwait City was mostly hot and dry. Qum lies at about the same latitude as Atlanta but at an eleva- Struggle in Iran 51 tion of three thousand feet, with the Zagros Mountains to the west, along the Iraqi border, and the Elburz Mountains to the north, near Tehran. Until we moved to Qum, I had never seen snow. The winters were bitter cold, and although the shower areas did have hot water, they did not have heat. The alternative was to shower in my own bathroom, which I favored, as it didn't require waiting outside in line.

M. I would attend five sessions, one after another, and stop at noon for prayer. Lunch brought a two- to three-hour break, and classes resumed in mid-afternoon and ran until sunset, when we would perform a congregational prayer. Evenings were times of study and preparation for the next day's classes. I also used this time for my high school coursework. Wednesday night was my favorite time of the week. That was the traditional holy night to visit a mosque called Jamkaran, just outside Qum. After finishing afternoon classes, a few friends and I would take the bus there to complete the day's prayers.

When confessions didn't come readily, they found ways to persuade. There were no cells, just a single room with a ceiling only thirty inches high, too low to sit with one's head raised. No one dared, or bothered, to talk. The only sounds were screaming, crying, and laughing, which occurred in unison when other prisoners were taken to an adjacent room for torture sessions. Guards knew very well that the cries of the tortured could be heard by other prisoners and expected them to confess more readily after Struggle in Iran 43 listening to what they were about to endure.

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