Mother of a Muslim Patriot: Mohammad Salman Hamdani

March 11, 2011
Muslim Americans have carried the cross since September 11, 2001. Time has come to take it off. My son, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23, was a first responder an NYPD Cadet to be killed that day at the WTC and how his noble actions and sacrifice was turned into a story of speculations, based on his Muslim faith, still boils my blood. Muslim Americans  also died that day and the audaity to blame us for the actions of foreign terrorists?
 
Salman was an FDNY Certified EMT, worked for Metro Ambulance, and was an NYPD Cadet. Yet this was irrelevant to the mass hysteria against Muslims. He was deemed a suspect because he was a chemistry major,was born in Pakistan and was a Muslim. An acquaintance informed us that the NYPD bio flyer of Salman with his picture was criculating the precints with a WANTED written on top and * Chemistry Major. Has NYPD ID*. The media descended upon us like vultures in anticipation of a kill, camping outside my house, bent on interrogating my 90 year old mother, since I was in Mecca. The NY Post's sensational headline blared "Missing or Hiding" under Salman's picture , and claimed someone saw him later that day at 11 A.M. at the midtown tunnel on October 12, 2001, when I was in Mecca and not here to defend my son.
 
On returning from Mecca, Congressman Ackerman, than a memeber of the Terrorist Task Force, interrogated us. Why did he join the NYPD? Why did he become an EMT? Why did he go to London to stude ?Where was he going that day?Who was he planning to meet? When did I last see my son? And he suggested that Salman might be detained by the INS since he wasn't born here. We contacted the White House, FBI, and Senator Schumer, but only recieved form letters from the former two. Senator Chuck Schumer has yet to respond. Only then we learned that Salman's name was included in an heroic context in Section 102 of the PATRIOT Act, which was passed on October 26, 2001. Six months later, on March 20, 2002, two police officers came and notified that his remains were identified through DNA testing at about the same time that the Patriot Act was passed, and almost the same day that we had returne from Mecca, five months earlier. We had his funeral on April 5, 2002 and two years later, on 6/21/2004, my husband also died of a broken heart.
 
Is this what America really is? I did not come here to lose my child and be inflicted with this inexcruciable pain, which I have to live with till the day I die. What have we become? Have we forgotten our history? The Pilgrims came to this great land of liberty to escape religious persecution from the British. Two centuries later, we have metamorphosed into Nazi Germany, replacing the Jews by Muslims. Not so fast. The First Amendment of the US Constitution protects all faiths.
 
President Obama had said in his inaugaration speech that America is not at war with the Muslim world. What better opportunity than this to make a statement of who we are as a nation and as a people and regain our moral standing in the world. If the Trinity churh can stand on the footprints of the WTC, why the objection to another place of worship near it, like the ICC?
 
This country belongs to all her citizens--citizens of diverse ethnicity, race and faith. When Salman and other first responder went to rescue their fellow Americans, they did not hesitate to think about the faith of the victims. We as a nation, have to keep their legacy alive by doing
justice and transending the barriers of race, faith and ethnicity. There are more than 8 million Muslims who  are an integral part of the American fabric. They are not terrorists. They also died in the 911 attacks. They are protected, like other people of faith, by the US Constitution and the should not be persecuted on American soil for their faith.
 
We need to come together as a nation and heal and move forward in united instead of being divided along the religious lines. Not all 911 families are out for revenge. There are many 911 families who are advocating reconciliation and peace, and I am one of them.
 
Talat G. Hamdani
Mother of
Mohammad Salman Hamdani
NYPD Cdet, EMT, WTC II
 

Walk like an Egyptian

February 19, 2011
By Abdul Malik Mujahid

It was in the midst of about a hundred labor leaders that Joe Lombardo told me that a slogan being used by Wisconsinites protesting their governor’s union-busting laws is “Walk Like An Egyptian”. I cannot think of a better tribute to the courageous protestors of Cairo’s Liberation Square than this one. I wish someone could tell them that they have inspired not only those in the Arab world, but even those living in the world’s freest nation. Joe Lombardo is co-c...
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A national call in day for to help Rep. Peter King learn about Muslim Americans & masjids

February 16, 2011
Please join Muslims and our neighbors, interfaith partners and peace movement in calling Rep. Peter King the Chair of Homeland Security Committee to say that
  • Mosques in the USA are not run by violent extremists and
  • He should hold hearings on Arizona shooting of Rep. Giffords 
 Tuesday, February 22nd is the National Call In Day.

Washington Office: Phone: 202-225-7896 Fax: 202-226-2279
Massapequa Park: Phone: 516-541-4225 Fax: 516-541-6602
Suffolk County: 631-541-4225
Email: Pete.King@mail...

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Spare 5 Minute a day to raise your voice

February 10, 2011

Assalamu Alaikum

Congressman Peter King's hearings on Homeland security started on February 8th and are expected to continue for 5 to 6 weeks. The part dealing with the 'radicalization of American Muslims" will commence around March 8th.  It is feared that Islamophobes will use the hearings to spread hatred and fear against American Muslims.

Already the Islam-bashers are using the media interest in Egyptian democracy movement to spread hatred and fear about Islam, Islamic ...


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Muslim Peace Coalition Demands Congressional Hearings

January 27, 2011

Muslim Coalition for Peace-USA
http://muslimpeacecoalitionusa.com/
Phone: 202-643-JUST

 

Press Release

January 9, 2011

NY Area Muslim Leaders Held Special Inter-Faith Prayers for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords & Other Victims of Arizona Shootings

Muslim Peace Coalition Demands Congressional Hearings

Contact Person: Shaik Saad

Telephone: 516 567 0783

NY area Muslim leaders along with 40 leaders of interfaith organizations, peace groups, and Christian and Jewish c...


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Muslim Peace Coalition USA condemns the attempted mail bombings of synagogues in Chicago

November 1, 2010
MUSLIM PEACE COALITION-USA
http://muslimpeacecoalitionusa.com/
Phone: 202-643-JUST
 
Press Release     
 
October 29, 2010
 
Muslim Peace Coalition USA condemns the attempted mail bombings of synagogues in Chicago.
 

Imam Khalid Griggs, the national co-chair of Muslim Peace Coalition USA condemned the attempted mail bombings of Jewish synagogues.

According to  President Obama and news reports, US and international law enforcement agencies successfully intercepted mail packages containi...

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Series of attacks on the Huntington mosque in Long Island, NY

November 1, 2010
MUSLIM PEACE COALITION-USA
http://muslimpeacecoalitionusa.com/
Phone: 202-643-JUST
 
 
Press Release
 
October 27, 2010
 
Muslim Peace Coalition-USA condemns the series of attacks on the Huntington mosque in Long Island.  Thanks Peace Movement for Including Islamophobia as a Major Topic for the November 6th Antiwar Conference.
Seemi Ahmed, the co-chair of the New York chapter of Muslim Peace Coalition-USA, has expressed concern over the growing attacks on Muslims and mosques.  She condemned...

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Thanking Peace Movement for their stand against Islamophobia

November 1, 2010
MUSLIM PEACE COALITION-USA
http://muslimpeacecoalitionusa.com/
Phone: 202-643-JUST
 

PRESS RELEASE
 
October 25, 2010
 
Imam Khalid Griggs, the national co-chair of Muslim Pace Coalition USA thanked the peace movement on its resolute and firm stand against the growing Islamophobia in the US.  He announced that he and Imam Malik Mujahid will be speaking at the meeting called by the United National Antiwar Committee that will be held on November 6th at Saint Mark's Church in lower Manhatt...

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STATEMENT ON THE FIRING OF JUAN WILLIAMS

November 1, 2010
MUSLIM PEACE COALITION-USA
http://muslimpeacecoalitionusa.com/
Phone: 202-643-JUST
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
October 21, 2010

The New York chapter of Muslim Peace Coalition-USA applauds the decision of the National Public Radio to fire Juan Williams for his reckless remarks against American Muslims.
 
 We support Juan Williams' firing.  It was the right decision. As an individual Mr. Williams have the right to harbor any irrational fears however absurd but as a media personality he must not be all...

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NATIONAL WEEK OF DIALOGUE - MUSLIMS HOLD OPEN HOUSE AT MOSQUES ALL OVER AMERICA TO COUNTER ISLAMOPHOBIA

November 1, 2010
MUSLIM PEACE COALITION-USA
http://muslimpeacecoalitionusa.com/
Phone: 202-643-JUST
 
PRESS RELEASE
October 21,2010

NATIONAL WEEK OF DIALOGUE - MUSLIMS HOLD OPEN HOUSE AT MOSQUES ALL OVER AMERICA TO COUNTER ISLAMOPHOBIA
PLEDGE TO WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH PEACE MOVEMENT, INTER-FAITH GROUPS & CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS
PLAN TO PUBLICIZE THEIR HUMANITARIAN WORK IN THE US MORE EFFECTIVELY
 
New York area mosques have been holding successful open-houses this week along with mosques all over the c...

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