Unis Middle School
Highly populated with Muslim-Americans, Dearborn, Michigan is known to be a very diverse area in the U.S. Dearborn citizens have found many ways to interact and be very understanding and respectful toward citizens of other religions and faiths. There is even a mosque with churches located on both its sides on our very own Ford Road. There have been several events in the past that have been hosted by both Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim leaders discussing religious studies. This community has overcome many obstacles and it is a very generous blessing that we, Muslim-Americans, have the support and help of many people of other faiths.
Muslim-Americans have faced racist hardships in the past. For example, the burning of the Holy Qu’ran hosted by pastor Terry Jones was a challenging moment. Many of the community’s citizens did not know how to act responsibly toward this disgusting action. So, they got furious, seeking revenge. However, people with the right state of mind knew that violence was not and will never be the answer. All we simply had to do was ignore him. Once we’d ignored him, all the attention was not be on him. It took many a long time to realize this, but once they did it proved to Christians, Catholics and people of many other religions that we did not intend for violence to be the answer. We just want peace in our community.
With the help from several religious leaders, including Imam Hassan Al- Qazwini, we showed the rest of the world that Dearborn is a place of open-minded, peaceful Muslims.
Therefore, in my opinion, Dearborn, Michigan is a perfect example of the correct and peaceful way that citizens of different religions should behave towards each other.