Three Questions for American Muslims: Kulsum Abdullah

Three Questions for American Muslims: Kulsum Abdullah September 11, 2011

The Muslim Portal at Patheos  is hosting the “Three Questions” project for the month of September in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the terrorist acts of 9/11.  We are asking American Muslims from across the nation three simple but important questions. Click here to learn more about the project.

Kulsum Abdullah, an Olympic weightlifter and Pakistan-American  computer engineer who recently won the right to wear her hijab and full-coverage clothing in weightlifting competitions, offers her answers to the three questions:

1. What is the most pressing issue or concern for you as a Muslim in America today, 10 years after the tragedy of 9/11?

I am not sure.

2. In what ways – inwardly /or outwardly – did 9/11 change you or affect you?

Outwardly, I dont think I changed.  I wear hijab, long sleeves, pants etc. before and after 9/11. Inwardly — [I am] more aware of the hate people have for Muslims.  But I am also hopeful. One of the things about 9/11 is more people learned about Islam.  And from that learning, some of those people are realizing the misconceptions.
3. What do you think non-Muslim Americans most need to know about Muslims?

 We are all pretty much the same, even if we look different or do some things differently.

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