Members of the local Muslim community joined hands with a local Quaker church in Fallston to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Dr. Rehan Khan of Masjid Al-Falaah Harford County Education Society, addressed the church congregants and shared his experience of Sept. 11, 2001. He stressed during the service Sunday that Muslims are contributing to the productivity and prosperity of this nation. He also mentioned that the tallest building in America, the Sears Tower, was built by a Muslim architect, whose last name was Khan.
Khan applauded the role of Americans right after 9/11 who accompanied Muslim women to grocery stores and other places so they were not attacked or harassed by angry individuals. He said that a nation is made great because of its people. It is the majority of Americans who make this country a great nation, and its citizens must remember that they live in a much smaller world. They need to be respectful and just in dealings with others.
"We are one big family of humanity. At the end we all have to face our Creator, a loving God, on the Day of Judgment," Khan said, according to a press release.
Muslims are an integral part of American society. Safety and security of this nation is as much in the interest of Muslims as it is in the interest of any other section of American society, Khan said.
He emphasized that implicating Muslims for 9/11 is similar to implicating the religion of Timothy McVeigh, who committed the worst act of terrorism on American soil before 9/11.
He also stressed the need of a study to assess the impact of 9/11 on Muslims in the U.S. and abroad.
A moment of silence was observed to pray for the victims of 9/11 in U.S. and elsewhere. The members of church asked what they could do to improve relations with the Muslims and Khan suggested open dialogue and working together on common projects. They expressed their disapproval of American response to 9/11. Their legislative branch is asking Congress to work for peace and end the two wars immediately.