The Co-Chairman of the American Muslim Peace Initiative, Dr. Saud Anwar’s Testimony was presented before the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment, House Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives. The testimony was titled, “Immigrant American Muslims and European Muslims: Similarities and Differences & Homeland Security Implications.”
In his testimony Dr. Anwar recommended to Congress Dr. Anwar mentioned about the clear differences between the American and European Muslims. The American Muslims are much more integrated and assimilated into the US society then their European counterparts. The European Muslims are more likely to be separated and marginalized than what we are seeing here in the United States. He also mentioned about the fact that the American Muslims are trying to counter the current challenges by being more socially and politically active. Majority are hopeful that their abilities to help educate and inform fellow Americans would help bear fruits by increasing understanding and harmony.
He stressed that the wrongful use of terminologies and implicating Islam as the cause of the current situation helps legitimizes the activities of the terrorists and leads to weakening of the moderate voices amongst the Muslims and thus these careless remarks are counter-productive efforts in counter terrorism. He emphasized that the policies, positions and communications should be planned which would help further integration of the American Muslims within the larger society and reduce the probability of physical or psychological ghettoization that can occur. Dr. Anwar highlighted the importance of increase communication and coordination of American Muslims and our law enforcement agencies to help build better understanding and comfort for long term coordination and synchronization for a safe America. He further underlined that the fact that the American Muslims do have an important role at this time to help United States make better policies with the Muslim Majority countries and help build bridges and share the true American Values with the rest of the world. The United States domestic polices should help Muslims feel partners and owners in these responsibilities.
He thanked Chairman Simmons, Ranking Member Lofgren, and Members of the Subcommittee for allowing an American Muslim to present the community perspectives.
The other individuals whose testimonies were presented included among others John Edward, Associate Director, RAND Intelligence Group, Mr. Frank Cilluffo Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute The George Washington University, Mr. Steve Emerson, Executive Director, The Investigative Project on Terrorism and Mr. Don Van Duyn Assistant Director Counter Terrorism Division Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Link to Testimony