Local imam reflects on life in America in the decade after 9/11

September 8, 2011

Odette Yousef

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Abdul Malik Mujahid is imam at Chicago's Downtown Islamic Center.

The September 11th terrorist attacks profoundly reshaped the Muslim-American experience. Five years ago, Eight Forty-Eight heard from local imam Abdul Malik Mujahid. Mujahid remembered the swell of kindness and solidarity from his neighbors in the face of anti-Islamic sentiments but said that the years since then tested his faith in America. On the day of the attack, Mujahid watched the towers fall on the television from his office--then came the aftermath.

Abdul Malik Mujahid is an imam at Chicago's Downtown Islamic Center. He also chairs Sound Vision, a publisher of multimedia Islamic educational materials.

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