Muslim Peace Fellowship
The World after 9/11
Mas'ood Cajee, a dentist, writer, and activist, lives in Stockton, California.
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A Phone Call from Kabul
by Mas'ood Cajee
"We're worried about the Muslims in America. Are you all okay? We're praying for you."
That was the first thing an Afghan friend of mine (who lives near San Francisco) says his brother (who lives in a village near Kabul.) asked him when they finally spoke by phone to each other.
He was taken aback by his brother's concern for Muslims in America. American Muslims have suffered the real and potential threat of hate crimes and harassment. Overall, there have been many more acts of kindness and love from non-Muslim Americans than hatred or violence.
"Don't worry about us," San Francisco replied. "We're okay - you're the ones being bombed. Are you okay?"
"Our village has not been bombed, yet." Kabul assured. "The borders have been sealed, food is in short supply and our mobility has been restricted. But, life continues here.
"We fill our days and nights with Ibaadet (worship) and Zikr (meditative chanting). We've had war for over twenty years. What's a few more!
"But, please tell me, why are the Americans bombing us?" Kabul wanted to know.
"Two buildings - each almost a half a mile tall - were destroyed in New York," San Francisco replied. "And the American government blames Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban."
"Do buildings that tall actually exist?" Kabul inquired.
"Yes, New York has many tall buildings. And thousands of people were killed when these two buildings were destroyed," explained San Francisco.
"Really? " responded Kabul." From Allah we come and to Allah we return. May Allah have mercy on all their souls and their families.
But, please tell me, why are the Americans bombing us?"
Mas'ood Cajee is a writer living in Stockton, California.
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