My name is Mansoor Shams. I'm a Muslim and a US Marine Corps veteran, ask me anything.
My name is Mansoor Shams. In 2000, I joined the U.S. Marines Corps. I served for four years and attained the rank of corporal. Overall, I had a great experience in the Marines. However, after 9/11, I endured calls of “terrorist” and “Taliban” from some comrades.
Why? It’s because I am a practicing Muslim. My family moved to the US when I was six years old to escape religious persecution.
After my experience in the Marines, I started MuslimMarine.org, a website dedicated to combating hate, bigotry, and Islamophobia through education, conversation and dialogue. I even went to 25 different states across the country carrying the sign: “I’m a Muslim and US Marine, ask anything.” I am excited to do the same with you today right here on Reddit. Ask away!