Las Vegas Community Closer After Attacks

August 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 25, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later, [Las Vegas Jami Masjid] mosque members say something good came out of the attacks: a chance to explain who they are and share their religion with outsiders. 'We're Americans,' said Cadry Genena, 57, a member of the Jami Masjid mosque. 'I think some people think if you're a Muslim, you're already on the other side.' Ambar Faridi, 19, said her brother's car was vandalized and one of her friends was beaten up at a bus stop. 'People were naturally angry,' Faridi said. 'Their initial reactions were irrational. As time progressed, they tried to understand our religion,' she said. 'Now I feel like everything is stable and people are more accepting.' The Muslims here say they still hear an occasional derogatory comment, but they agree the community has become more accepting."