The Muslim owner of the Dar-us-Salaam store on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was polite, but he didnât want to talk. At the Firdous cosmetics shop next door, a bearded young Moroccan was equally wary, when asked how things had changed for the cityâs Muslims since the September 11 terror attacks.
âWe get so many people coming and asking questions about this. My boss says itâs best to say nothing. We just want to move on,â he explains.
Five years after the attacks, the mood on Atlantic Avenue is guarded. New York survived the aftermath of the attacks without any major outbreaks of violence against Muslims or Arabs. But on Atlantic Avenue, and in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst and Sunnyside, things are not as they were....
Your minister is right on about Islam. Otherwise your minister and you have seriously warped minds and you and your minister need some psychological evaluation and help for thinking that only Fundamentalist Churches are the only True Churches around.
Lets see...3,000 dead in NY, 200 dead in Kenya, 37 killed on the USS Cole, 243 Marines killed by Hezbolla in Lebanon, 54 killed in London, 170 killed in Spain, six Jewish women shot in Washington State, several run over my a moslem in California, and every day we hear more and more about individual Moslems taking revenge against Christians and Jews for being infidels. Tell me again why people don't trust Islam and tell me again why the righteous Moslem's are as silent as tombs.
"Said Mahmoud, who operates a cart selling coffee, doughnuts and bagels in midtown Manhattan, says that following the attacks he was shocked to hear construction workers telling their friends waiting at his cart not to give their business to an Arab. âWe were lucky we were not in some other country, where maybe they kill you,â he says."