1010 WINS 9/11 Series: L.I. Muslims Discuss Tolerance Ten Years Later

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Since 9/11, Muslims have become one of the fastest growing religious communities in the New York-metropolitan area.

Speaking with worshippers at the Islamic Center Of Long Island in Westbury, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera came across a variety of sentiments, ranging from uncertainty to optimism.

Ten years after the attacks, some Muslims feel the situation has gotten better, while others believe Islamophobia remains a problem.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera Reports From Westbury

Arooj Iqbal, who lives in the Merrick-Bellmore area, said while hate crimes against them have increased since 9/11, Muslims are also more accepted more than ever.

“Honestly, I can walk around in Merrick wearing Shalwar Qameez, wearing Pakistani traditional clothes, and no one will say anything,” Iqbal told Rivera.

Her experience is that many people are realizing not all Muslims are terrorists. Iqbal said the anti-Muslim bigots are mostly strangers, not people that get to know her.

“My dad’s a manager at Dunkin’ Donuts and everyone knows him and Alhamdulillah (Praise to God), I’m very happy to know that no one in my community hates us,” she said.

Sana, who is in 4th grade in Merrick told Rivera she is looking forward to wearing traditional Muslim dress to school.

When asked if she felt uncomfortable or singled out when she wears the traditional clothing, she responded “not really.”

“Because they know like my religion — I’m a Muslim,” she said.

Dr. Faroque Khan, who is on the Islamic Center’s board, said that since 9/11, Muslims everywhere get blamed for what the extremists do.

“Muslims feel that…they are being attacked, persecuted, killed at random and they’re angry,” he said.

Khan thinks “Muslims are guilty until proven innocent.” However, he believes that with time, things will get better.

Ten years after 9/11, how would you describe the state of tolerance and acceptance of Muslims in America?

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  • Gulshan

    well,dante and all u other rascist freaks…..islam isnt a disease..if it is then so is every other religion.the people are the ones that have the disease. such as u and everybody else that has problems and decide to destroy innocent people and their lives. theres bad and good people everywhere…not everyones as cruel as u think…even muslims were heart broken about wat happened on 9/11..everyone is made up the same stuff but with different thoughts. there are terrorists in every religion not only islam

  • DanTe

    LMAO!! You libs and muslimes sure does understand “freedom” and “tolerance”. That’s why you just love those fascist dictatorial Censorships huh? Stupid a-holes. Here’s a cut and paste of the TRUTHS you just love to delete:

    Typical muslimes. They love to talk alot. Talk about “tolerance” “peace” “freedom”. Basically talk about everything they have no concept about. And of course, the stupid libs will swallow all the bull all the time. Facts are anathema to them.

    FACT: Everywhere where there are muSlimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no muslimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

    • DanTe

      Oh, you’ll find the IP to be rotating around the World. Stupid murderous censor loving T ARDS.

  • Meme Meyagi

    7 million mooslime terrorists in usa, what is being done about it?

  • Meme Meyagi

    good post DanTe

  • David

    I consider myself a pro-multicultural person – after all, I grew up in NYC. Growing up I had many classmates and friends of middle eastern descent. And they were normal American kids. Same with Chinese kids … normal American kids who happened to have roots in a different part of the world. Now, however, it seems like recent immigrants have zero wish to integrate into America. They come for financial gain and pick the parts of American ideas they like and try to ignore change the others. That’s what many people don’t like. And it gives rise to resentment and anger and gives fuel to people who are truly bigoted. If you come to America, be *Amercan* first. Worship as you see fit; however if your daughter does not want to wear a hijab, you can’t force* her. We don’t like that type of thing. You have your culture and we have *ours. And you’re living *here.

  • Linda

    The “newcomers” have it backward, they are the ones who need to intragrate into the place they go, not the other way around. When moving to a new place you have to assimilate to their ways not expect people that have been there forever to change their ways for you. If people want to keep things the way they were, stay where you were, do not bring your bad baggage to America.

  • Raj


    • Nick

      So where’s YOUR facts?

      Or did you mean he’s ignorant of the lies you like?

  • ros

    When will people wake up and realise that,as one poster put on here,islam is a disease,however,a disease of the spirit,these people have been taken in by satan and fallen for his lies.We should not tolerate this so called religion in any country and it is indeed characterised by it’s violence.islam is not about peace it’s about dominance and unless the world wakes up to this cancer spreading throughout the world we will all be living under (and note the word “under”) sharia law.muslims don’t want to live alongside you,they want you to live alongside them,with their rules and everyone converted to islam.NEVER.

    • Raj

      Shut up you sick f$%#

      • Nick

        So someone who doesn’t have a bomb strapped to them is a “sick f$%#”.

        Thanks for proving the other poster right. You folks definitely have no idea of what tolerance and freedom means. LMAO

  • DanTe

    Lot’s of “tolerance” there, Richard. So what’s your excuse for all those murders and rapes and the Philippines, India, Thailand, et al? Not too many Jews there, Mohamed.

    Islam: It’s a Disease in Need of a Cure.

  • Gey Mohamud

    Tolerance = build a giant pork store in front of a Muslim Mosque; alongside a strip club and a synagogue.

  • Raj

    Why did you your ancestors came here from Europe? Why don’t you leave for Europe John?

    People like us and many others come here because we know America is full of better people than you.. We still have hope for this country.

  • samuel totter

    America is for people from other countries and religions to come to for freedom pf persicusion–we are not allowed to wish certain people shouldn’t come here. As difficult as it is, we must accept difference. That’s what this country is for. I do feel badly for European countries that must accept difference. This changes the laws and the ways and the culture of that country, sadly.

    • Raj

      You feel bad for European countries really!! I have lived in Europe and have seen how the Africans, Turks, Eastern Europeans, Indians, Middle Easterners are treated in Europe. I don’t treat animals the way I have seen minorities getting treated in Europe. And you have all sympathy for how the culture and law of that country is changing. All the Europeans start acting all multicultural the minute they sit on a plane leaving their homeland but they do not want to integrate with the newcomers to a great degree.

      For you to feel ‘sorry’ for the suppressed people of Europe and all the historical atrocities they had to deal with, you must be smoking something very good.

  • John

    Why are so many of them here and continue to come here?

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