Rami Nashashibi:

One example of what I think it means to be an American Muslim, and particularly a young American Muslim, emerged for me recently around some of our work as a community organizer on the southside of Chicago when confronting the issues of foreclosure and vacant homes and vandalized homes in the community. I along with a group of American Muslims that we were working and organizing with were walking into these communities, confronting issues, and at one point we were in a prayer vigil with rabbis from the community, a certain priest who was African American, Latino, and Arab. And at that moment, standing in that circle, confronting the harsh realities of blocks on the southside of Chicago that were contending with a 50 percent foreclosure rate, I think one part of the narrative of what it means to be an American Muslim emerged for me very distinctly. And that is to be able to reach out across ethnic/racial barriers and address fundamental issues of social justice that affect so many sectors of our community and society at large.