Salam. I can hear and feel the pain and anguish. One of the way of diluting a problem is to expand it. I was not talking or analyzing the reason for Mr Hasan's action. The investigators will look into the reasons and it is their job.
What I said was that the damage is done. I am talking only about how we react and how we live in the community. What role our Masajids and centers play. My immediate concern, and it should be every Muslim's, is the lack of the trust we have in the combined community of USA. Unless we work on this deficit, any violence by anyone Muslim, even remotely religious for any reason including mental sickness, will find our religious address. It is sad, but truth.
I also understand what other terrorisms you are pointing towards, and it does pain me and my family. Having said that, do we, by our actions including protests and rallies convey the message of pain and ask the average citizen of the world to sympathize with us and help us, or we convey the message of revenge. All we need to do is to look at the footage of such rallies (no sophistication there).
Nelson Mandela's success is a lesson to learn, if we are willing to learn. Here is one quote from him, "We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
Let us work together with out expanding the problems. We should rather take bigger issues and slice it into manageable pieces of work. T start with, ask our Masajids and centers to work in the communities around, irrespective of the of the religion and whatever. When doing that we should keep away our Arabian/Pakistani/Indian outfits and the caps, and avoid using Muslim specific vocabulary.
It took the cousins of Arabs very long time to reach the favorite status in this country and they went through a lot of discrimination & atrocities. We may not become the favorite sons and daughters of the nation and we should not even try, because that bring its own problems. We have to work hard to be considered equal citizen by others voluntary choice, which we are presently by law only. I hope we can keep that legal status.
One of the Indian Movie comes to mind, in which Mr. Amitabh Bachan plays the role of body guard. he ends up coaching a young girl fo swimming competition. He tell the girl that to to anything to the best of your ability is to focus, focus on the specific.
Have a great day.