Muslim Author Ranya Tabari Idliby Shares How Her Kids Deal With 9/11 Anniversary

01/10/2014 10:42 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Bestselling author Ranya Tabari Idliby of The Faith Club has raised her children to be proud of their Muslim faith while fully embracing their American identity. However, talking about 9/11 can be difficult for American Muslims of any age, and plenty of ignorance about Islam still exists.

She joined HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to talk about her latest book, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie, and to share some anecdotes about the ups and downs of being a Muslim mom in a post-9/11 world.

Idliby explained that her children "always approach the anniversary of 9/11 with a heavy heart," due in part to teasing at school. She was surprised when her son came home and told her, "Tomorrow is 9/11, and I told my friends they have a 'free pass' at the lunch table."

She was moved when he explained, "Well, they get to say anything they want, anything bad about Islam, and I won't answer back."

Idliby went on to address the persistent characterization of Islam as a violent religion, saying, "It's such a futile question to say, 'Is a religion peaceful or violent?' It is only as peaceful or as violent as the hands it finds itself in. And within every religion, there's a capacity for violence and a capacity for peace. And it's incumbent upon us, as American Muslims, to move forward, in that non-violent, open, embracing, pluralistic way."

Watch the segment above, and don't miss Idliby's amazing response in the clip below when her daughter asked her if she could marry a Jew:

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