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Right now we're gonna shift -- we have a new guest introduce -- to here on set with me is doctor just there -- say that correctly didn't get -- -- -- -- this thank you so much for being with us here today we're here.
To talk to you about your new book I want to hold it up because it just came out.
Today you've got it there as well a battle for the soul of Islam.
An American Muslim patriots fight to save his faith it sounds terrifically interesting tell us why you wrote this book -- what it's about.
Well -- -- it's been over ten years since 9/11 and I think our country's been divided.
And and and a little confuse as far as how to address the Muslim issue -- the Islamic nation only domestically -- globally one side says.
You know every muscle could be a possible terrorists than the other side says no Muslim could ever do wrong -- -- -- victims somewhere in the middle is the issue in the solution.
Now the problem is not terrorism the problem is an ideology that feeds radicalization.
That is a sense of Islamic supremacy if you will won the battle for the soul is about my narrative -- my family escaped Syria and sixties and came to the US.
How we could practice their faith more freely in a small -- Wisconsin.
How -- growing up -- and building the first mosque in Wisconsin.
And yet also looking at these groups in America that claim to speak for Muslims that are actually more about victimization and and complaints and not really looking at the solution and taking responsibility for the deep reforms.
We have to do within our faith.
To come to terms of modernity and as you see in their spring in the Middle East.
Great they're shedding dictatorship but what's gonna come next -- in -- democracy just the ballot box and they need liberal institutions for freedom and liberty.
What do you think are some of the common misconceptions about Muslim -- Well I think you know one of the misconceptions is that you know Muslims are different than Americans and that we don't want democracy we don't want liberty.
That ultimately that's why I think if you look at my story -- served in the navy for eleven years.
That I felt that this country's.
Freedom and end up being under god and its constitution and especially its establishment clause.
The separation of church and state was an idea that I hoped to bring not only to my faith community here but abroad.
And I think people have this misconception that Islam is monolithic.
That it's all al-Qaeda or Wahabi Islam.
That all the islamists speak for us and they don't there's battle going on a civil war of ideas if you will.
And America needs to start taking sides and have a strategy because that's the new Cold War.
Of the 21 century how.
I mean I can't even begin to imagine how frustrating might be for you watching the news of the last few years when you see different.
A different news shows different talk shows where you might hear something that is just what.
You might believe is way off base and people get it wrong.
-- that's the issue is that and that's why I think that the book is.
Part of my legacy is is in up and -- at the end of the book I write a letter to my children and that this is their battle.
And you know so many times we try to summarize.
Historical problems and problems theologically and the 22 soundbites and it's very hard and I think a book gives people a sense that okay.
What is it that makes the most and take -- are we any different than Jews or Christians or -- the face and at the end of the day or not we have the same moral compass.
But we still need movements to push back against the theological leadership in our community that really have been part of the problem and have not taken ownership of moving against some of those.
Theological or theocratic movements that are radicalize and populations domestically and abroad.
Do you think that there is a way for Muslims to get back to the pre 9/11 inch.
I think so absolutely and this is like you know we formed.
You know one of the things -- talk -- them and the book is.
Our coalition and an American Islamic leadership coalition that's over thirty different.
Leaders authors' organizations that are doing this -- of reform in Canada and the US and in Europe.
Need platforms and recognition -- you know what the the post 9/11 organizations initially that -- -- speaking from Muslims like the Council On American Islamic Relations loss in North America.
They are sort of the old as far as the groups that had been funded initially through Petro dollars -- -- -- and it's time for the new that the reformists vs the revivalist.
And that battle needs to be recognized and America's existing and we need to take sides them.
And looking at some of the the points they make in the book and you mentioned your children.
And you ask our American Muslim children learning entitlement as victims are -- being taught individual responsibility.
And critical thinking.
That that's a big part of.
This is really -- what I think is the evolution into enlightenment and maternity for a lot enough.
Muslim majority world is that.
Can we start to criticize our parents you know writers that criticize -- -- -- criticize our leadership and and and bring back individual thinking which I think is part of that older.
Islamic tradition that got lost in their last 4500 years of the Ottoman tradition and then.
Post colonial -- -- that are out.
Bring back that individual thinking that created America that created lands of freedom and especially our children right now are as as a minority in America.
They're you know being told to be victims that everything is anti Islam anti Muslim.
And you know enough for the victimization start taking ownership of our own beliefs of our own faith community.
And start letting Americans know that we want to be part of the solution and not just complaining and in denial of -- factor for children is that still.
As bad as we heard it was -- you know my children are you know 107 and four and and school and you know sometimes they come back from school and you hear them.
There there friends and school say things all Muslims -- Islam and but I tell them you know what the best way is not the confronted directly but to work to let Americans know that.
The reason they're -- joined the navy and the reason I hope there in the military and others is because we are not only component of America that this country gives our faith freedom that we can't find any other country.
And thank you for your service thing for and what what do you want after people you you have a lot of ground that you cover here in this book.
What's the take away when people are done reading this book how do you hope that they'll use the information.
And share -- I think the take away is that there's hope.
-- that ultimately.
We can't solve this through bulletin god bless our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and our Homeland Security that kept us safe.
But we can't so far it's been a -- -- program you know we we stop the terror incidents threat before they happen like -- Times Square yes incidents.
But at the end of the day there's a continual radicalization that creates these organizations these radicals these ideas.
We have to hit it much earlier and only Muslims can do that.
And the west understands how to do that because we live in freedom and the separation of church and state and those ideas need to be.
Lifted up and given platforms and that's the hope.
And I think people can get out of this that it's not us against Islam but the solution comes from within as you've been preparing to write this book how is the reaction been.
It's been fantastic and that people are saying wow finally a voice of reason finally we can see.
That we can have a solution in the strategy as we address this globally and domestically.
And our our our government's been missing a strategy and I think people study to get that from the book.
On this find that -- -- it up over time so people can.
Take a look a battle for the soul of Islam available -- people -- -- At Amazon a Simon and Schuster Barnes & Noble any other online retailers and then at their local store traffic well thank you so much as -- -- thanks for sharing your story with us here today.
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