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20 Years After 9/11, Southern California Muslims Reflect On How Mosques, Communities Have Adapted And Evolved

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A young Muslim girl holds a candlelight during a vigil at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles on February 12, 2015 for the three Muslim students who were fatally shot in North Carolina. The families of three Muslim students shot dead by a white neighbor have reiterated calls for the killings to be treated as a hate crime. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

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20 Years After 9/11, Southern California Muslims Reflect On How Mosques, Communities Have Adapted And Evolved

9/11 Imams 9.7.21

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Muslims across the United States grappled with the duality of being Muslim and American. As Americans, their hearts hurt for the thousands of lives lost and they felt the same sense of insecurity all Americans did after an attack on home soil. But because the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks were Muslim extremists, Muslims in America and elsewhere around the world became a stereotype, instantly associated with terrorism or Islamic extremism. And this is just one example of the many challenges Muslims across the U.S. faced in the wake of 9/11. But there was also change for the good, as the attacks provided an opportunity for Muslims to teach others about what Islam is and isn’t and why the Muslims who make headline news for carrying out heinous attacks are not representative of Muslims in general.

As part of a week-long series on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, today on AirTalk we’ll convene a panel of Muslim religious leaders and scholars to talk about how 9/11 affected Southern California Muslims, how the mosques and masjids have adapted, and how their relationships with Muslims and non-Muslims in the SoCal community have evolved since 2001.

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