11 years after 9/11: Tolerance Key to Healing
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the global tragedy of September 11, 2001. I was a college student then at Suffolk University in Boston, quietly heading to my morning class, groggy feet and sleepy eyes. 8:46 am: the University’s emergency alarm rang, all students were called to gather down Beacon Hill at the College of Arts and Sciences. The rest is history, as I sat in the midst of my fellow students staring at a TV screen in utter disbelief. All I could hear were the words “terrorist attacks”, “World Trade Center“, “bombing”…
11 years later, the World Trade Center is slowly returning to the City’s skyline, as the replacement towers are scheduled for completion in 2014. A National September 11 Memorial Museum is also under construction at the site of the former World Trade Center.
Yet we all still mourning, one way or another, remembering, still in disbelief, how our most fundamental right to Life was brutally baffled.
It was not just a loss for America, but a loss for the entire humanity, regardless of race, religious or national affiliation. Yet if we lost lives and hopes and dreams, we must not lose the many lessons that were taught to us, one of them being of Forgiveness and Tolerance to our fellow men.
I was humbled by today’s testimony on CNN.com of Muslim author and women’s rights activist Sumbul Al-Karamali. She wrote “The Muslim Next Door: the Qur’an, the Media and That Veil thing”, and “Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs and Practices of Islam”. Karamali also sits on the Steering committee of Women in Islamic Spirituality and Equality, and serves as a member of the Muslim Women’s Global Shura Council. As an African Christian woman living in America, having grown up in Senegal, a country with a 95% Muslim population, I understand and embrace her stunning testimony!
I believe everyone should read this today:
Do you believe that tolerance should be emphasized on 9/11? What lessons do you think should be learnt from this tragedy?