People in IslamWeek 14 — 3: Lema Sbenaty, advocate
America after the 9/11 attacks is a much different place than it was before. In times like these, something as simple as building a house of worship has become an arduous task and for many can be seen as a struggle against a fringe group of people that simply do not understand what Islam is about. In this light I’d like to introduce you to Sister Lema, a young Muslimah growing up not only in this new America, but living it on the front lines in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, home of the future Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. In the midst of a trial, of protests and of growing bigotry, Sister Lema came to the national stage as a person interviewed by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien in her program ‘Unwelcome: Muslims Next Door’. In the special, Lema shows that Muslims are not some foreign presence who have recently come to America in some conspiracy to undermine the laws, instead, that Muslim Americans have been part of the landscape from coast to coast and who share the same dreams and hopes of other American youth. In Murfreesboro, the fight over a proposed mosque became so divisive that an arson attack took place at the proposed site, and the project has been stopped and restarted several times after facing problems in the court system and forms of domestic terrorism.In this atmosphere Lema advocates for Muslim’s rights to be able to worship as they please, and after many attacks on her community and herself, she has shown strength and is a personal example for myself in facing adversity and fighting for the basic civil rights that we, as Muslims, deserve: to worship and to live without fear of violence and hatred and that we can coexist in this country, inshallah the tide is turning against the people who fight Islam in America, that we will be able to be free.If you would like to help make sure the mosque in built, and the efforts of people like Lema are not in vain, please donate to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and / or sign this petition, any action will help to ensure the Islamic Center moves forward and that our freedoms in this country are protected.

People in Islam

Week 14 — 3: Lema Sbenaty, advocate

America after the 9/11 attacks is a much different place than it was before. In times like these, something as simple as building a house of worship has become an arduous task and for many can be seen as a struggle against a fringe group of people that simply do not understand what Islam is about. In this light I’d like to introduce you to Sister Lema, a young Muslimah growing up not only in this new America, but living it on the front lines in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, home of the future Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

In the midst of a trial, of protests and of growing bigotry, Sister Lema came to the national stage as a person interviewed by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien in her program ‘Unwelcome: Muslims Next Door’. In the special, Lema shows that Muslims are not some foreign presence who have recently come to America in some conspiracy to undermine the laws, instead, that Muslim Americans have been part of the landscape from coast to coast and who share the same dreams and hopes of other American youth.

In Murfreesboro, the fight over a proposed mosque became so divisive that an arson attack took place at the proposed site, and the project has been stopped and restarted several times after facing problems in the court system and forms of domestic terrorism.

In this atmosphere Lema advocates for Muslim’s rights to be able to worship as they please, and after many attacks on her community and herself, she has shown strength and is a personal example for myself in facing adversity and fighting for the basic civil rights that we, as Muslims, deserve: to worship and to live without fear of violence and hatred and that we can coexist in this country, inshallah the tide is turning against the people who fight Islam in America, that we will be able to be free.

If you would like to help make sure the mosque in built, and the efforts of people like Lema are not in vain, please donate to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and / or sign this petition, any action will help to ensure the Islamic Center moves forward and that our freedoms in this country are protected.

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