Years After 9/11: Do You Still Remember?

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By Culture & Entertainment Editor

9/11 has affected everybody, brought woes and sufferings to many, regardless of their races, religions, or colors

Years have passed very quickly; but time and events leave behind traces and marks that can change history of nations.

Faces, stories, clashes, activities, and resolutions filed the last eleven years with rich memories of good and bad incidents. But it comes on the top of all past incidents the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Watching the big two towers collapsing was a horrific scene to the entire world. Since then many transformations had happened. 9/11 has affected everybody, brought woes and sufferings to many, regardless of their races, religions, or colors. It was actually a beginning of more dramatic changes to follow.


On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, the big news that found its way to the international media headlines, leaving political experts to analyze the future scenario of al-Qaeda after the death of its leader.

How does the world look back at 9/11? What lessons have we learnt? What discoveries unfolded? And what facts revealed?

In this short folder we target to provide information on 9/11 as a big event whose memories still exist in some people's minds and to encourage our readers to share their ideas and opinions on this big incident.


CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina – Facing a growing bigotry following the 9/11 attacks, American Muslims are reaching out to the wider community to correct misconceptions about themselves and their faith.

“Islam was put in the spotlight in a bad light,” Zainab Baloch, a senior in psychology and president of North Carolina State’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), told Technician Online website. Read more



Honoring the memory of those killed in 9/11 terrorist attacks, Sanford businessman Chad Olson decided to volunteer for community service, trying to turn the horrific memory into something positive.

"I think it's an opportunity for us to stop and think and highlight those individuals who deal with violence and aren't often recognized," Olson, 40, told Orlando Sentinel. Read more



Giving the audience a new look onto the 9/11 attacks from a Muslim perspective, a Hollywood movie at Venice Film Festival is telling the story of a bright Pakistani immigrant, who is radicalized by US lifestyle.

"It's a human story of a young man from Pakistan who dreams of America, who loves it, who pursues the American dream and who has it all - Princeton, Wall Street - then suddenly the world changes and he is looked at as the 'other',” Mira Nair, director of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, told the BBC News Online. Read more



Depicting a decade of negative portrayal of American Muslims in the post-9/11 era, a new play will go on stage on Friday, March 30, to draw real-life Muslim experiences.

“After 9/11, when I got together with Sikhs or Hindus and other peoples of culture, everyone seemed to have a story to tell,” Rohina Malik, who is of Indo-Pakistani heritage, told The Record on Tuesday, March 27. Read more



My reflections on 9/11 in this article clarify  few necessary changes I needed to make for myself regarding the way I thought. This was to do with how I perceived the world I live in.

I was resident at that time in the island nation of Sri Lanka thousands of miles away from the scene of the tragedy. Now I  still live further away,  but I have a role to act out due to the tragedy, simply because as a believer I am obliged to act when something unrighteous happens. Read more.



During the commemoration ceremony, I realized the magnitude of pain and suffering that Americans felt as a result of that treacherous attack. Read More...



A galaxy of religious leaders representing the Islamic, Jewish, Christian and Sikh communities have gathered to commemorate the 9/11 memory, denouncing the rise of Islamophobia and asking Americans to overcome the past decade’s fear and division, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, September 10. Read More...




In 9/11 10th memory, Al-Qaeda organization is almost in tatters.

Decade ago, the few hours in 9/11 morning shifted the lives of a generation of Muslim teenagers in the North American continent, facing the backlash of a changing world view of Islam. “At the time, I didn’t think it was going to be such a defining event in my generation,” Naved Bakali, a 29-year-old high school teacher at Heritage Regional High School. Read More...



Ten years after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, American Muslims are still feeling the pinch of Islamophobia and discrimination in their society. “The surveillance of Muslims has become widespread since 9/11,” Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Agence France-Presse (AFP). Read More...  


If we were to go solely by newspaper headlines and broadcast media reports, a decade after 11 September 2001, we would have to conclude that the world has become overwhelmingly crisis-ridden and that some things got worse when we thought they could not possibly get worse. Read More...



Giving Muslims and Sikhs their voice back, a new website has been launched to document hate crimes, physical threats and profiling against their minorities in post 9/11 America."We were all affected by 9/11, but the mainstream media has not always covered our stories," Sapreet Kaur, executive director of The Sikh Coalition, one of the groups spearheading the effort, told CNN. Read More...



Shaken by the 9/11 attacks and the ensuring hostility against Muslims, the curiosity of many Americans to know more about Islam have led them to embrace the faith. “It seemed kind of crazy to do,” Johannah Segarich said, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday, August 25. Read More...


Now eleven years have passed, how does the world look back at 9/11? What lessons have we learnt?

My name is Justin Peyton and I am a 29-year-old African American from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I grew up in a loving, two-parent, middle-class household with three siblings. Growing up, my family and I self-identified as Christians, but we were never members of a church, nor did we attend Sunday services or other activities. The extent of religious expression in our home was celebrating Christmas. Read More...



How would you respond if someone tried to kill you because of who you are? I know what my own responses would be: anger, fear, rage. For Rais Bhuiyan, the answer was different: forgiveness. When I first heard Rais’ story, I could hardly believe it. A Muslim victim of a post-9/11 hate crime was fighting to save the life of his attacker. Read More...



The Sept 11 terrorist attacks are still vivid in the minds of many people. It is one of the recent horrific incidents that contemporary world still remembers well. Many people around the world have been affected by it in one way or another. While this horrific mayhem happened in the US, it has become a worldwide event which had resulted to the invasion of other countries. Read More...



Sensing a rising hostility against their religious minority in the United States since the 9/11 attacks, California Muslims are using arts and activism to show a better image of their faith to their neighbors. "There was a lot of hate," Junaid Shaikh, a Santa Clara software engineer and chairman of the Northern California Islamic Council, formed two years ago, told the Mercury News website. Read More...



Misconceptions- Q & A:

·         American Muslims after 9/11 

·         Killing the “Other” to Please the “LORD”! 

·         Killing non-Muslims 

·         Killing the “Other”… 

·         Islam and Killing of Infidels  

Did Islam Grow By Killing Non-Believers?