By Sarah Fauska
By Sarah Fauska
Rabat – One of the most popular topics discussed in the recent United States presidential election was the rise of international terrorism. Groups like The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Boko Haram are constantly in the news, spreading their radical beliefs through the use of violence and intimidation.
These actions have led many Americans to believe that the United States has a “Muslim problem”, a term coined by presidential elect Donald Trump.
Adam Al-Hor’s recent book, “Donald Trump: We Are Not the Enemy!” evaluates this, “Muslim problem” and proposes possible ways to combat the issue. A Moroccan native, Al-Hor immigrated to the United States in 1991 when he was only 24 years old.
Originally, he worked a couple minimum wage jobs and eventually joined the United States Air Force in 1999. He was extremely grateful to live in the US and joined the military as a way to give back. Now employed as a contractor for the U.S. Defense Department, Al-Hor has been working in the US Military for over 16 years. Extremely disappointed and disheartened by the current American public portrayal of Muslims, he decided to take action.
Though English is not his first language and his background is more military than literature based, Al-Hor’s book raises important issues like biased media reporting.
He argues this has created a hostile environment towards American Muslims and gives a negative skewed view of Islam. He also explains the rise of terrorism and its ties to Western interventions in the Middle East and North Africa.
He stresses that by understanding the origins of terrorist’s organizations like ISIS and Boko Haram, the US can move forward to contain the problem.
Overall, the book may lack proper grammar and word choice, but it does not lack significant insight into Islamaphobia within the US.
Al Hor is not only a proud American but he is also a proud Muslim. Since Donald Trump is now the presidential elect, the issues Al-Hor discuss within his book are more important than ever.
Andrew Smith once said, “people fear what they don’t understand” and Al Hor hopes his book will educate the American people to understand Islam so that the US can be a unified front to end international terrorism at home and abroad.