A story about a Muslim boy who comes of age against a politically charged 9/11 backdrop, with deep personal and familial traumas to overcome, and a search for identity that must reconcile his own difficult history with his new changed reality.
Seeing this brought chills, this is reality and A LOT of young Muslim Americans had to face identity crisis after 9/11. Suddenly there was something wrong with being a Muslim and Arabic. They started to feel ashamed of their heritage and America made it okay. No one stood up for the religion and for those young kids in schools and people everywhere. It became okay to hate and bash another human being because of their religion.
We’ll see what happens with this movie, if it even comes out. No one will ever understand what another goes through, especially not when it comes to dealing with racism and confusion or shame on your identity. I am an American but I find it disgusting that mostly Americans are the ones that are racist and so hateful towards peoples cultural differences and religions. I’ve seen it in schools, neighborhoods, airports, trains and everywhere and past Presidents, the media and Americans in general never stood up for Muslims after 9/11. If the media and parents were bashing the religion then how we expect our children not to? I’ve seen parents tell their kids to stop talking to their fellow class mates because they are Arabic, especially the Muslim kids. I’ve seen young men attack others for being Muslim, I’ve also seen grown men attack a woman for wearing her veil and circling around her while with her kids and pulling the veil from her face and throwing it at her. I’ve witnessed debates in classes where young Muslims have to defend their religion against Americans that are yelling at them and bashing their religion and for where they come from.
I am not a racist in any form whatsoever. I don’t believe in any form of discrimination or segregation. I believe in Islam. I am a Muslim and there is nothing wrong with being a Muslim, nothing wrong with the religion of Islam. It just teaches us to believe in Allah as the God. Those of you who are Christian probably believe in the same God, because I think you believe in the God Who created the universe. That’s the One we believe in, the One Who created universe–the only difference being you call Him God and we call Him Allah. The Jews call Him Jehovah. If you could understand Hebrew, you would probably call Him Jehovah too. If you could understand Arabic, you would probably call Him Allah….”
– Malcolm X