How I Became an Accidental Interfaith Activist—and Learned to Love Disagreement | Tablet Magazine

Two years after I embraced Islam, I watched a group of madmen who claimed to follow my religion fly planes into a densely populated city and murder thousands of my fellow citizens.

At that time, there was only a small, disorganized community of Muslims in Austin, Texas. I started receiving calls from the local Imam looking for someone who could help with community outreach. The demand for Muslims to go and speak to church groups, police, and journalists who were trying to understand Islam and Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11 was overwhelming. As a brand new Muslim, I felt unqualified to take on the role of ambassador. I also knew that I couldn’t let a bunch of terrorists define my beautiful faith. So I went, and I met people in my city where they were.  [Read full article here]