"I am only one; but I am still one. I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do." — Helen Keller
The above quote by Helen Keller has prompted me to write in order to share my thoughts and feelings with your readers. A week has passed since the outrageous and unfathomable attack on America, killing innocent people at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I still cannot figure out what these evil-minded perpetrators of this merciless attack had hoped to accomplish. No rational human beings would commit such terrible and barbaric atrocities.
As an American Muslim of Middle Eastern descent, I am outraged and feel compelled to write. Islam is no different than other monotheistic religions. None of the religions preach hate or bigotry. The word "Islam" means submission, in peace, to the will of the creator. God, "Allah" in Arabic, orders us to uphold peace in everything that we do. Muslims greet each other with the greeting, "Alsalamo alaikom," which means, "May peace be upon you."