No word from Shama. But I think that for many people in the area, they're very busy with other concerns right now. Posting to JavaRanch is not a very high priority. I hope she and her family are all right...
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posted 18 years ago
Whew! Just got an e-mail from her. She and her family are all right. But they know people who worked in the WTC, and as Muslims in America they have additional personal worries now. I hope that everyone will remember that folks like her are caught up in this too, and give them your support. [This message has been edited by Jim Yingst (edited September 14, 2001).]
Hi Guys and Thanks for your concerns, I just couldn't think about the Net until late last night. I am in a state of shock over the horror of all this. I had been unfortunate enough to be an eyewitness it from across the river. The images of the fire and collapses of the buildings are burned in my image and so are the faces of people I had met when I had visited my sister who used to work there. World Trade Center was the place I would take all of my guests. New York City is our home and the World Trade Center was the most beautiful part of it. I pray for all the families and I pray that we all can stick together through this and not let terrorism divide us because terrorism is evil and that's what it seeks to do.
Originally posted by Johannes de Jong: .. we all can stick together through this and not let terrorism divide us because terrorism is evil and that's what it seeks to do
When the british was spreading its tentacles over India (in the 1800's and 1900's) they had a policy "Divide and Conquer (or Rule)" In part, thats what terrorism seeks to do. Not withstanding the color of our skins, we in America (i'm not american) should stand tall and united and defeat this evil.
hi, shama khan is unusually silent. Hope everything is fine. God bless, Soumya. people here really cares for each other just like they are members of same family
posted 18 years ago
All the people my sister used to work with are fine. She had worked at least 5 years in two different financial/accounting companies and had gotten to know many people there. Last night she called to tell me that all have survived. She told me of some who ran down to escape but left behind the elderly and the disabled who had declined to be carried down. This was very upsetting and left me crying for a long time. I have to say that I am a muslim. I am a Pakistani American. I have been here since I was 11 so I know very little of Pakistan and its policies. I pray that Pakistan will help in finding those responsible for these horrid attacks. I want to let the java ranchers know that the terrorist who did this were not human, they didn't belong to a religion, they didn't belong to a nationality. They were the slaves of the devil. Of course, we should catch those responsible and carry out justice. But we shouldn't let the fires of evil touch our souls causing us to hate and kill the wrong parties. I have read many of the discussions going on and I am unable to participate but this is my contribution. The people who suffered due to the horrid attack were/are from many different racial/ethnic/religious background. One thing united them and that was that they were in America. Not all of them were citizens of U.S., some probably had only work permits. What defines an American then. Isn't that confusing! In the same way, there are muslims in the world and here in U.S. Of course, in the media it's shown that a muslim can only be from the Arab world or South East Asia. But the truth is that there are muslims who are Caucasian, African-Americans, Hispanics, Chinese, Africans as well as South East Asians, and Arabs. Arabs make up 10% of all muslims in the world. And there are Arabs that are Christian just like there are Pakistanis who are also Christian. There are British Muslims and there are French Muslims - not the immigrants but the natives. There are also native German, Swedish, Scottish muslims among many other nationalities. What I am trying to say is that the media would have you believe that a Muslim face is the Arab face or a Brown face from Pakistan/India/Bangladesh. Don't be misled - Please don't be misled into ignorance. There have been Christians in Ireland, Germany, and during Crusades who thought/think that whatever they were/are doing was for their religion. They were in a minority. The so called muslims - the extremists are also in the minority. The whole world needs to get together and smash the extremism which seeks to divide us (into us versus them) and eventually destroy us. There have been questions about why Muslims don't denounce the terrorists. Muslims have no pulpit, we just try to show that we are God fearing peaceful people by being a good neighbor, being a hard worker, being a good student, and being a good citizen. We try to demonstrate that we are non-violent group. I just don't know what more we can do. I am not sure being apologetic for groups who we have nothing in common with will achieve anything. I remember recently U.S. apologized to its Japanese population for detaining them after Pearl Harbor. I was proud that the apology took place because as an American I was very embarassed that it ever happened just like I am embarassed about slavery in our history. Also recently the Pope made apology to Jews about the Catholic Church's silence during the Holocaust. I was moved to tears. Muslims and Islam are not organized in such manner due to various races, ethnicities, nationalities, languages and cultures that encompass it. This may seem lacking to some but it's not. Islam is about having a one to one relationship with Allah (known as God to you) therefore it doesn't need to be organized. Of course, this causes it to be easily abused as well as misunderstood but there is knowledge out there for who want to learn. I am sorry, I didn't mean to stray so far from what should be the focus which is prayers for the victims & their families and finding the perpetrators & bringing them to justice. Shama
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