US Muslims Hopeful But Wary of Status Under Obama

UNDATED (AP) - American Muslim leaders are eager to help President Barack Obama improve the U.S. image in the Islamic world, but many fear their contribution won't always be welcome.

In the last few years, groups like the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Society of North America have been taking a more active role in fighting extremism.

In his inaugural speech last week, Obama told the Muslim world, "We seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect."

But some American Muslims are wary of cooperating with the U.S.
government. They argue that not all terrorists are Muslim, and many
resent the surveillance of their community since the Sept. 11 attacks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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