We are educated.

Attaining knowledge and educating oneself is an important concept in Islam. The first verses of the Quran revealed to the illiterate Prophet encouraged him to read. There are also multiple narrations of the Prophet which inspire Muslims to learn. For example, the Prophet said, “seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”, “the ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr”, and “contemplating deeply for one hour is better than 70 years of worship”. It is with this mindset that Muslims developed the most advanced civilization during the Dark Ages and now strive for higher education. A Gallup poll reported that U.S. Muslims have the second-highest level of education among major religious groups in the country and Muslim American women are more educated than the average American.

We strive for excellence.

The Prophet reported that “God loves when one of you is given a task and that he or she does it in the most excellent manner”. Therefore, in every task we do, whether it’s operating on patients or preparing dinner for our guests, we are instructed to do it with perfection and sincerity.

We focus on family.

Like all parents, Muslims are encouraged to develop good character in their children, however much emphasis is placed on the taking care of and respect of parents. The Prophet said, “Paradise lies under the feet of your mother”. The Quran states “Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour.” (17: 23). The Prophet also narrated “the best of you are those who treat your wives the best” and “whosever desires to have expansion in his sustenance and a prolonged life should treat his relatives with kindness”. In fact, severing ties with family is considered a grave misdeed.

We share many similarities with the major U. S. religions.

As Muslims, we are required to believe in the fundamental principles of Christianity and Judaism, i.e. the oneness of God, divine revelation through the Bible and Torah, the prophets of the Abrahamic faiths such as Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Judgment day, angels, etc. We cannot call ourselves Muslims if we do otherwise.

As you can see, Muslims have many qualities, only a few of which were listed, that make us great citizens of this great nation, and we have much to contribute to this society. So yes, we really do need Muslims in America, and if you haven’t already, go out and meet a Muslim today!

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