Dr. Nawwal Nur and her son Hazem Saleh Abu Isma'il, who preach and teach Islam in the U.S., were interviewed by the Saudi-based religious channel Iqra TV about 9/11. The following are excerpts:
Host: I would like to ask you about the image of Islam and Muslims in the US following the events of 9/11. Was this image completely distorted?
Nawwal Nur: No, not at all, praise Allah. The number of Muslims over there has risen, and people know more about Islam. Initially, they were very surprised to hear that there is a religion such as this, and then they began reading about it more and more. Islamic culture increased in this period. I do not believe that?
Host: Did this horrible event, condemned by all the Muslims in the world, not change the image of Islam in the US?
Nawwal Nur: No, not at all, it has not even been proven that Muslims committed it. There hasn't even been an investigation, there is nothing. They are confused about what happened. That is why they started to learn about Islam. Is it really possible that Islam would instigate such a thing? No, impossible. That is why more people converted to Islam.
Host: Even if we were to claim that some Muslims committed such a thing and we would accept this hypothetically, then the responsibility for this lies squarely on those who committed it, not on Islam.
Nawwal Nur: True. The US is full of terrorism and gangs, and it has violence, murder and perversions. Is Christianity responsible for all this?
Host: No, of course not.
Nawwal Nur: Not at all, I mean, these are individual cases.?
Host: Even if one Muslim made a mistake, it's his responsibility and not Islam's, not Islam's. Sir, do you agree with your mother's description?
Abu Isma'il: No... Sir, there is a difference between presenting the real issue and presenting the issue fabricated by the media.
Host: All right!
Abu Isma'il: I am one of those who believe these events were fabricated from the outset as part of the global groundwork for the distortion of Islam's image. I mean this is part of a comprehensive global plan that includes a media aspect. Even before these events took place there was preparation for them?
There is a fabricated plan, or a fabricated image of Islam. They say, "Come and we will show you Islam, which is such and such." They do not see that if they blame the Muslims for bringing down two buildings in the US on 9/11, so how many buildings did they bring down in Palestine, Afghanistan, or Iraq?
What is the number of buildings the US itself brought down in these countries? At the same time, the amazing thing is the shock in the US, producing national fundamentalism.
Later, I was surprised by a certain question, and the truth is I didn't make an effort to find it but read it in one of the newspapers published in the US. It said, "We are not going to tell you if it has been proved whether Muslims carried out the events of 9/11 or not.
We will tell you why the American authorities insist on not conducting an investigation into who caused these events?" The authorities there don't want to conduct an investigation.