A Post September 11, 2001 Analysis
By Ian Chand, Ph.D. and Sandy Moghadam, M.S.
Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for brother or a sister that which he desires for
Christianity: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so
Judaism: “What is hateful to you do not do to your fellow man.”
Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
Hinduism: “Do naught unto others what would cause you pain if done to you.”
Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as
your own case.”
The authors of this article aim to raise cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity to
marriage and family therapists by providing knowledge gained from a study of the impact of
September 11, 2001, on Muslim families in Southern California. The authors will look at the
depression and fear as related to such factors as culture, religion, ethnicity, and gender.
Findings reflect the Muslim people experience varying levels of depression and fear when
faced with traumatic events, such as the horrific events of September 11, 2001. The data in
this study were collected and multiple regression statistical analysis were used to examine
the significance or the extent to which factors contributed to imbalances in mental well
being of Muslim families in Southern California. Findings may be helpful to marriage and
family therapists when treating Muslim families.