15 years after September 11 attacks, American Muslims feel that their lives underwent big changes. They said even trivial issues like clothing of a person could lead to Islamophobic remarks.
Muslims believe they are subjected to discrimination and come under attacks following 9/11 attacks.
A young Muslim student said, th pressure from peers and community to live the life of a Model Muslim in US is too much: “I was looked at by all my classmates and peers as the ‘model Muslim’ if you will, whether I was or not,” he said. “I was the representation of my faith to many people, and I think that’s still true today for a lot of Muslims in places like Oklahoma, where at best we’re 1 percent of the statewide population,” she told Huffington Post.
They share a view that Muslims are told to fall-in line due to the changes happening in the US now.
There were four stages in attacks on Muslims in America, says Corey Saylor, current director of CAIR’s department document and fight Islamophobia.
He added that for majority of US citizens 9/11 was their introduction to Islam. He further said, “You’ll see a sharp spike and then a settle period, but never back to what it was before 9/11.
In the wake of 9/11, a spurt in crimes against anti-Muslim was reported across the US. A report by FBI says such incidents increased by 1,600 percent with 481 incidents.
Another wave in 2006, followed soon after Park51 controversy in 2010 ( a plan to build a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York City) fueled it.
Texas A&M University student Nimrah Riaz was terrified after a rightist activist fired at belivers attending a prayer. She was a third grade student, when the incident happened.
She said it has changed her relationships with her peer group, even among best friends: “Later that week, I found a letter on my desk from my best friend in third grade, which stated that her mom did not allow her to be friends with a Pakistani,” she said. “I was only 9 years old. ”