By Hassan Qazwini
During this inspiring narrative, one in all this country’s most crucial Muslim leaders unearths the tale of his existence and his religion, and why Islam is sweet for the USA. because the non secular chief of the Islamic heart of the USA in Dearborn, Michigan, Imam Hassan Qazwini serves the biggest Muslim congregation within the usa. His dramatic trip to those shorelines started in 1971, whilst his father’s anti-Baathist perspectives compelled his kin 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 counsel and the place his young children may perhaps develop up within the peace Qazwini have been denied. First in California after which in Michigan, Qazwini observed a surprising new international within which leaders have been brazenly mocked, women’s our bodies have been on reveal in public, and Christian symbols have been disparaged with out end result. He additionally observed a land within which the inability of a standard religion necessitated a very good attempt to create a shared group. by way of counseling American Muslims–and sharing his faith with these of different beliefs–he got here to think at domestic within the state he already enjoyed, and he grew to become a depended on consultant to neighborhood and nationwide politicians.Then, after 9-11, Osama bin weighted down gave him “a new full-time job.”American Crescent vividly describes Qazwini’s efforts to teach american citizens how those that destroyed the realm alternate middle had hijacked Islam besides, and that almost all Muslims have been appalled via their activities. but he additionally takes the Bush management to job 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 heritage of Islam, protecting it as a religion of peace and variety, and demanding stereotypes and misconceptions promulgated by means of 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 need to 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 USA, this e-book is a crucial contribution to our knowing of all those that stay between us, at a time whilst it concerns so much.
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My ancestor Ayatollah Ibrahim Qazwini was a prominent writer on the principles of jurisprudence in the mid-1800s. My great-great-grandfather Ayatollah Hashim Qazwini held the most esteemed position among Karbala's scholars in the early 1900s. In the early 1920s, my great-uncle Ayatollah Hussein Qazwini and my grandfather Ayatollah Mohammad Sadiq Qazwini, then only twenty years old, joined with other religious scholars to rise up against the post-World War I British occupation of Iraq and help bring King Faisal I to power.
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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