What do non-Muslims fail to understand about the unique concerns of Muslim American mental health?
  • "The attacks in Paris or Kenya or around the world ... many Muslims all over the world feel very badly about it, just knowing the scale of the suffering of others. We have the same reaction as everyone else, but the first response we’re expected to have is one of condemnation, not sharing in the grief everyone is experiencing.

    What I’ve seen in the Muslim community psychologically is feeling a denial of emotion, feeling very disconnected that we can’t display this emotion because no one will believe it. No one will tolerate it, no one cares that we’re upset. They just want us to take ownership of the behavior of a small fraction of the Muslim community.

    The things that happen abroad at the hands of ISIS and Boko Haram and al Shabab — they do more harm to Muslims, because it’s not a reflection of our faith. It’s not a reflection of what we believe. When that small percentage becomes the face [of Islam] it robs us of our own humanity."