Islamaphobia in America: 15 years after 9/11

Fifteen years ago, Americans woke up to a new era of terrorism as Al Qaeda carried out the worst terror attacks on U.S. soil.But for so many Muslim-Americans, it was also an awakening to a new reality – the perception of their community’s guilt by association.

Imam Shamsi Ali, Jamaica Muslim Center, Full Sot: “Islamaphobia is on the rise there is no doubt about that. The political rhetoric by some irresponsible politicians that inflamed further fear and phobia among our American friends, that has resulted into some violent behavior.”

Early this month in Queens, an elderly Muslim woman was killed near her home, just weeks after an imam and his assistant were shot dead outside a mosque.Many in the Muslim-American community say these were hate crimes in a time of increasing Islamophbia that could unravel years of efforts to bridge differences.