Source: The Detroit News
On November 9, 2004 The Detroit News ran an opinion piece by Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi, who heads the Islamic House of Worship in Dearborn Heights, Mich. Elahi writes, "The people of both civilizations [East and West] have suffered from an imbalanced perception of life that led to immense human suffering. The West caused the people to believe politics and science could have nothing to with religion, and that religious people could not lead a nation to material prosperity. In the East, many of us have not enjoyed the progress and freedom in some areas, because the people felt religious piety was opposed to scientific progress and economic and social development. Now, today, we are poised for changes in the East and the West. The issue of moral values reportedly played a role in determining the president, which is a good development... Muslims in the United States must find our place in this new moral mission, and make our voices heard. Our activism should contribute to the restoration of a moral and diverse United States where citizens enjoy freedom, including the freedom of religious expression, and choice."