America is unique among all the major Western democracies in that it is the only country in which a sizable percentage of its Muslims are native-born African-American converts. This group has flourished as part of the American experiment. The First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech and religion have provided the foundation for the African-American Muslim community's success and resiliency. Members have fought in every major American war. They are doctors, lawyers, sports figures,
Maalik Jones had wanted to move to an Islamic country for a while. But his wife, who moved to America to marry him and was excited to be here, refused to go. So, when Jones finally went in the summer 2011 it was by himself.
In the last couple of months, extremist groups in the Middle East, Pakistan and even Africa have increasingly targeted Christian populations in the name of Islam. As a Muslim, I can tell you that nothing is further from the teachings of Islam than taking innocent lives. Islam commands us to show love and respect to people of all faiths — including Christians.