Daniel L. Gardner: 9/11 — How are we responding today
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In a weird twist of fate (if one believes in such a thing), the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends around the ninth anniversary of 9/11.

Because the Muslim calendar is lunar based, every year the ninth and holy month of Ramadan moves back about eleven days. This year Ramadan began August 11. During this month Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, read the Koran, meditate, practice self-reformation, spiritual cleansing, and charity.

Muslims believe Ramadan is holy because this is the month Allah began giving the Koran to Mohammed, and they believe Ramadan continues to be a special month each year in which God sends special messages to believers.

The holiday of Eid ul-Fitr ends the fasting period of Ramadan and begins the first day of the following month, Shawwāl. Muslims celebrate breaking the fast by donating food to the poor, offering special prayers to Allah, and celebrating feasts with family and friends while dressed in their finest clothing.

This year Imams are concerned about the timing of Muslim celebrations coinciding with 9/11 memorial events and rightly so. After all, Americans witnessed the most horrendous attack on our shores when Islamic extremists mercilessly murdered nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children nine years ago.

Everything changed on that day when unmitigated and remorseless hatred from the other side of the world invaded our nation threatening to destroy us and everything America stands for. The attack was so brutal and shocking, Americans drew together in groups small and large to pray and question and wonder what would come next.

Then came 9/12, the day after, the day Americans stood together, united as never before, telling our attackers we would never forget and we would never stop searching for them and exterminating them until justice had been meted out to all those responsible for these atrocities.

Americans comprise one-twentieth of the world’s population, and during the days following 9/11 we watched to see how other nations would react. We saw people in faraway places celebrating as if this cowardly act were some kind of great victory. From other parts of the globe condolences streamed into our living rooms as we continued to search for what all this meant.

The past nine years hundreds of millions of lives have been lost or irreversibly changed around the world. Like limbs amputated from a body, the Twin Towers are no longer attached, but Americans still feel them there. Emotions still run high.

The great experiment America was founded to be continues to face ideological challenges from within and from without. Can we continue to be a beacon of hope, and a light of liberty in the faces of all these challenges? Or, will we crumble from within as raging hordes of barbarians overrun and overwhelm our defenses and turn the hands of time backward to days of poverty, brutality, intolerance, and the most degrading human passion – hopelessness.

Perhaps these are holy days in which God is communicating His truth to mankind? How will we respond?

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at [email protected], or interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site http://www.clarionledger.com/section/blogs06 . Gardner’s columns are also featured on http://dannygardner.opinioneditorial.com/ and http://www.msdigitaldaily.com/2/Opinion/CAT6/Daniel%20Gardner/127/default.aspx
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« rjack112 wrote on Thursday, Sep 09 at 11:44 AM »
"...will we crumble from within as raging hordes of barbarians overrun and overwhelm our defenses and turn the hands of time backward to days of poverty, brutality, intolerance, and the most degrading human passion – hopelessness."

Sounds like you're talking about the Democrats...