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January 18, 2012

Living the Muslim life in….NYC!

by Simple Muslimah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

***This may be the first of what becomes a featured series- ordinary men and women living the Muslim life the world over and telling you about it.  If you’ve ever wondered about the diversity of Islamic communities this one is for you :).  First up, a brother living up the Muslim life in NYC***

Living the Muslim Life in New York City

Part 1

This is a big city. No, it’s HUGE! If America is considered to be a melting pot, then New York City is the core of this pot. This city is most likely one of the few places in the world where you can find people of almost all ethnicity and backgrounds. If they are not resident, then you’ll find them amongst the tourists. But, hey, I’m not complaining. I actually appreciate the diversity of this city.

One of the best things about living in one of the most diverse cities in the world is that you can meet many, many people from far corners of the world in one place, try a wide variety of different kinds of food, hear countless number of different languages, and even see so many people wear their traditional outfits. No one will look at you in a funny way just because you aren’t wearing the boring suit or that old jeans and T-shirt.

As a Muslim, this serves as a positive reinforcement for me. Generally, like the rest of the city, we live normally without much problems. But, but, but…since this is New York City, the city that was struck on September 11, there is and there will be, I presume, a cloud of fear hanging above the people of the city. It has been over a decade, but things still get messy every now and then. More often than not, it involves Muslims, unfortunately. So yeah, this does bring some bad news for Muslims who are going about their lives, just like rest of the folks.

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