This Imam is one-of-a-kind. As opposed to most people who speak about Islam from the outside in, he is speaking as an insider. He sees the positive and the negative sides of Islam and doesn’t hold back any punches.
It has been more than two decades that have past since the horrific attacks of 9/11 on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and probably the White House. It is very easy and comfortable to fool oneself and say that those who perpetrated that attack are a fringe element of Islam that is violent. But there is little evidence that bears this out.
Actually, the dominant opinion of most people who are adherents to the Islamic religion is that 9/11 was a great victory that should serve as a prototype for future attacks on Western civilization. This idea should unsettle anybody who feels smug and comfortable in the West or Israel. The unfortunate truth is that there are tens of millions of people across the Arab world in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States who wish for the downfall of Europe and America.
These are not mere pipe dreams. The Twin Towers were felled by a small group of radicals who had widespread support across the world. But today, the world is in a different situation. Things are not better. They have become worse with threats to the United States from people that were born in the United States or who immigrated at a young age. Worse, they even have a growing representation in Congress. Homegrown threats are more serious. They happen right under your nose without anyone noticing. 9/11 was a singularly horrible day in the world. But the attempts to duplicate it continue across the world. The Imam understands and explains it better than nearly anyone else.