Sunday, December 4, 2016   

  Home     About     Guest Editorials     Advertise     Blog     Site Map     Links     Contact      Subscribe RSS      Subscribe Email  
Home » IslamophobiaToday

Craig Considine: One Film 9/11 can make a difference

26 September 2012 IslamophobiaToday 16 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Craig Considine

The anti-Islamic propaganda film Innocence of Muslims exacerbated the stereotypes and animosities between Americans and Muslims worldwide.   The anti-American protests that have swept across the world have proven that for better or worse, one film can make a difference.  For this reason I’m informing you about the documentary feature film Journey into America (2009) and its subsequent initiative One Film 9/11.

Journey into America is a groundbreaking and timely documentary that records Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and his team of students as they visited more than 100 mosques in cities, suburbs and towns across America.  Unlike Innocence of Muslims, which enhances animosity towards Islam with antagonistic messages, Journey into America teaches that cultural dialogue and interfaith understanding is our best chance at improving relations between Americans and Muslims.

Journey into America reveals how recognition of the humanity of others is key to a civilized society.  As interfaith activist Eboo Patel noted, Journey into America launches the next generation of bridge-builders, many of whom are non-Muslim Americans working towards strengthening bonds with the Muslim world.  U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, the first-ever Muslim elected to Congress, called Ahmed’s project ‘the essential pillar in the effort to building the interfaith bridge of understanding’.  Ingrid Mattson, the former president of the Islamic Society of North America, called Journey into America refreshing because it takes away the fear and strangeness of encountering strangers, which, again, was essentially the opposite of what Innocence of Muslims attempted to do.

Noam Chomsky, one of the foremost intellectuals in the world, stated in Journey into America that ‘America is a very frightened country’.  The film, however, combats fear by informing, provoking, and inspiring Americans to see their Muslim neighbors as fellow Americans.  In the film, you can see the tremendous warmth and hospitality of Muslims towards a predominantly non-Muslim team.  The film debunks the myth that Muslims can’t be good Americans and that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with American values. One of the film’s most powerful scenes is when the team visited the Arlington National Cemetery gravestone of a Pakistani American who gave his life for the U.S. during the Iraq War.  What could be more ‘American’ than that?

For Muslims worldwide, Journey into America can serve as a lesson on the Muslim experience in the U.S. The film can help shatter the prevalent notion in the Muslim world that America is a monolithic entity which hates Muslims and Islam. By watching Journey into America, Muslims worldwide can learn that the has U.S. welcomed their fellow Muslims throughout its history with open arms and that Muslim-Americans are proud of being American and happy living in the U.S.  A particular scene detailing the life of one Pakistani immigrant shows how the ‘American Dream’ offers unlimited opportunities for Muslims.  Simple and practical stories such as these help demonstrate to Muslims worldwide that many Americans value their Muslim neighbors and that many Americans adhere to the pluralist and egalitarian vision laid out by founding fathers.

Journey into America should be required viewing for all Americans and Muslims worldwide.  For this reason I have started the initiative One Film 9/11. The purpose of this initiative is to screen Journey into America in as many places of religious worship around the world on September 11th, 2013 in the hope of improving relations between American and Muslims.

We learned through Innocence of Muslims that one film can make a difference in the way Americans and Muslims perceive each other.  Now is the time for Journey into America to make the difference, but for the better.  If you want to help, please join One Film 9/11 at onefilm911.wordpress.com.

Craig Considine
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology
Trinity College Dublin
Share/Bookmark




16 Comments »

  1. “Journey into America is a groundbreaking and timely documentary that records Ambassador Akbar Ahmed and his team of students as they visited more than 100 mosques in cities, suburbs and towns across America.”

    The 9/11 murderers were saudis, perhaps somebody should make a film about visiting more than 100 churches, temples and synagogues in Saudi Arabia.

  2. sounds like a noble endevour.

    “Muslims worldwide can learn that the has U.S. welcomed their fellow Muslims throughout its history with open arms and that Muslim-Americans are proud of being American and happy living in the U.S.”

    “in as many places of religious worship around the world on September 11th, 2013″ good luck getting traction in pakistan, iran, saudi arabia, and egypt. the irony of recent events is libyian may manage quite a few screenings. i hope they report back on the numbers and locations. i wager most will be in churches. another irony.

    and a little point to all you people who keep interpreting muslims to mean “ALL” muslims. now the author says that muslims are happy living in america. if we all used your reading comprehention skills we would be barking that he is a liar. because clearly there have been muslims who have shown their unhappiness with america by acts of terror and attempts at terror, at least 230 since 9/11 according to this website.

  3. Sounds a heck of a lot better than “Not Without my Daughter” :)

  4. Jane,
    Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country. America is a free country. You can’t blame every Saudi for 9/11. Just like you can’t blame every American for every innocent civilian killed in the Vietnam War. It is nonsense!

  5. Muslim is the Good One,

    Re: Mike
    Sahih International
    5:32
    Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.

    //Muslim is the Good One
    20 September 2012 at 12:51 am

    Muslim is the Good One,

    “Because of that” because of cain killing able. yeah i’ve read that. you seem to miss the point. “or for corruption [done] in the land”. the question is what is corruption? is blasphemy corruption? if i say there is no god is that spreading corruption? if christian missionaries try to convert muslims, is that corruption? is this film coruption in the land? the charlie hedbo cartoons? homosexuality? apostaty?

    don’t you not agree that crucifixion is a brutal form of execution? strange that the most merciful would what that used as a means of execution, don’t you think? you in favor of stoning adulterers to death as well?

    http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1184

    like i said, maybe the cat was spreading corruption (sometimes translated as mischief)

    [5.27] And relate to them the story of the two sons of Adam …

    [5.30] Then his mind facilitated to him the slaying of his brother so he slew him; then he became one of the losers
    [5.31] Then Allah sent a crow digging up the earth so that he might show him how he should cover the dead body of his brother. He said: Woe me! do I lack the strength that I should be like this crow and cover the dead body of my brother? So he became of those who regret.
    [5.32] For this reason did We prescribe to the children of Israel that whoever slays a soul, unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men; and certainly Our apostles came to them with clear arguments, but even after that many of them certainly act extravagantly in the land.
    [5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,

    //mike
    20 September 2012 at 10:12 am

    no response as to why islam shouldn’t be blamed for killing people for spreading “corruption”? and what is “corruption”?

  6. [5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,

  7. “Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country”

    Since 9/11 there are over 1000 new mosques in the US. There are still no non-islamic places of worship in Saudi Arabia. The murderers won

  8. Muslims seem to be more tolerent when they are in the Minority. Not to say that a good number of Muslims are not tolerent, its just that when they hit the majority, the ones with the most extreme beliefs seem to take over while the more moderate Muslims just try to stay out of the way.

  9. I would say any theocracy, any religion that has real temporal power, will be intolerant.

    Years ago some black US college students dressed in foreign garb – African smocks, little hats, etc. adopted colonial english accents and went on tour of segregated areas of US. They were served in all restaurants and lodgings as foreigners unacquainted with the local customs.

  10. […] – ONE FILM 9/11 CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, Islamophobia Today, September […]

  11. […] Also published in Islamophobia Today […]

  12. […] Today, the Internet’s leading source for Islamophobia and anti-Muslimsm, for posting this article on One Film 9/11. Here is an excerpt: Journey into America reveals how recognition of the humanity […]

  13. saudi arabia, the keeper of the two holiest sites in islam is funny.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19792908

  14. Saudi Arabia is a disgrace to humanity.

    Those women got a little bit more islam than they were expecting.

Have your say!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>