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Relationship between Muslims and United States appears strained 17 years after 9/11

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According to Hasan the negative view of Muslims in the United States can be seen ten years prior to 9/11 but could be traced back further. According to Hasan the negative view of Muslims in the United States can be seen ten years prior to 9/11 but could be traced back further.
Now 17 years after those tragic events Hasan said the animosity towards Muslims in this country is still prevalent. Now 17 years after those tragic events Hasan said the animosity towards Muslims in this country is still prevalent.
Despite the strained relationship, Hasan has said Muslims are slowly becoming more integrated into America. Despite the strained relationship, Hasan has said Muslims are slowly becoming more integrated into America.

"They hate the U.S., hate our way of life and want to destroy our society." Those are some of the misconceptions about Muslims that Dr. Zaheer Hasan pointed out in his presentation to the Kiwanis Club of Lima on Tuesday. 

Hasan is a neurologist for a living and a descendant from Pakistan. He’s been involved in the Islamic community for many years in Toledo.

According to Hasan the negative view of Muslims in the United States can be seen ten years prior to 9/11 but could be traced back further.

"It actually started (during) the Iranian Crisis in 1979," said Hasan, a member of the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio. "But suffice to say that was most unusual because Muslims have lived in the United States for a very long time."

In his presentation, Hasan said the actions of the 19 attackers were against Islamic law, therefore don’t represent Muslim people.

Now 17 years after those tragic events Hasan said the animosity towards Muslims in this country is still prevalent. 

"I would say easily 90 percent of people are very kind, good, honest, caring and that didn’t change. But there is a lot of hatred and that hatred continues, rather, rising higher. The FBI and the Pew Center research all show that the extent of hatred against Muslim and suspicion is rising. It keeps rising during an election cycle."

Despite the strained relationship, Hasan has said Muslims are slowly becoming more integrated into America. His son, as well as many others, served in the armed forces. Slowly, Muslims have been elected to Congress as well.

"Let's restore America to what it is, not what it isn’t."

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