Some visitors to the 9/11 Museum say the depiction of Islam in one of the films in the exhibit, The Rise of Islam, unfairly and erroneously depicts the Muslim faith.
“I think they should have talked about Islam more, just so people understand that there is a difference between Islam and people who do terrorist attacks but who also happen to be Islamic,” one visitor, a 22-year-old man from San Francisco, told The New York Times. “It kind of gives Islam a bad vibe.”
The issues expressed in the quote above echo the concerns by an advisory panel who viewed the short film before the museum opened for the public. “At issue is whether it is inflammatory for the museum to use terms like ‘Islamist’ and ‘jihad’ in conjunction with the Sept. 11 attack, without making clear that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. The panel has urged the use of more specific language, such as ‘Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism’ and doing more to explain the meaning of jihad,” the group of clergy said. The lone imam on the panel, Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, resigned to protest the film.