So, here we are to another anniversary of a tragic day where we remember the innocent victims of September 11, 2001. Eight years later, there are few answers and more questions and yet, as I woke up to get ready for this day, I felt hopeful. We are an optimist country on the path of healing and recovery. We know where the blame lies and we are clearer on where to direct our anger. We know our friends and we know our foes. We are blessed with a leader who understands how to handle relations with the world and knows that anger or hatred is not the way. More than ever before, I am proud to be a citizen of this country. It is a place that has given me wings and allowed me to grow. It has watched and encouraged my transition from an outsider to one of its own.
On this, the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Austin-American Statesman ran an article on my work and views. See below:
Austin author attempts to convey essence of Islam, post 9/11
By Joshunda Sanders
Austin author Shaila Abdullah says she knows the significance of this day — as a Muslim woman and as a writer.
Though Abdullah, who works full time as a Web site designer for an educational nonprofit, says she wasn’t personally targeted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the effects of 9/11 on her life as a Muslim woman were tangible.
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