I am not Muslim and my name does not represent what it once did, but I am proud to say I have the Muslim name of Farhan and my Muslim identity.
That’s the name I chose to have when I was 12.
And when I say that, I am being very clear, that I am choosing to embrace my Muslimness.
I have a sense of pride that I have that is a part of my identity.
And I have chosen to embrace that identity in a way that does not exclude others from that identity.
This is something that I really want to be proud of.
And it’s something that is not limited to me.
There are many Muslim Americans who have chosen not to be Muslim.
I want to take a moment to say to them: This is the name you have chosen.
It is who you are.
This does not mean you have to be like, well, I’m a Muslim or I have to pray five times a day.
You have the choice to be who you were born to be.
I think that is very important.
And we are going to do everything we can to make sure that everyone who is Muslim or who identifies as Muslim or identifies as a Jew or a Christian or who is Buddhist or a Hindu or who has any other religious identity is embraced, and I think everyone should be able to do that, too.
And so that includes myself.
I am an American who identifies with the Muslim community, and the way that I identify with the community is to be a friend and advocate for that community.
This may be a controversial topic, but this is a very important issue that we need to talk about.
I would like to think that if people who identify as Muslim feel comfortable coming forward with their identities, then we can begin to address these very difficult issues that exist.
I hope people can continue to be supportive of me.
I love my Muslim family and I am so grateful for them.
I wish I could just go home, but the American flag is not in my family.
It’s in Israel.
It flies in a museum in New York City, where I went to school.
So that is an American flag that is in the Jewish and Muslim communities.
I’m proud of that.
And the flag of my country, of the United States of America, is the American and Confederate flag.
So this flag has been a symbol of American and American heritage, and my own history, my own heritage, of my faith, is reflected in the American-made flag that flies on the American embassy in Tel Aviv.
And yet I am reminded of that very very important history that we are all connected to, of our nation, and our history, and of the struggles of the American Muslim community.
I can’t remember ever feeling more proud and connected to the Muslim American community.
The American flag flies in Tel-Aviv.
And in TelAviv, the Israeli flag, the flag is the United Arab Emirates flag.
It also flies at the American Embassy.
In my family, the American name means freedom.
I choose to be American because it is a word that I was given in America and I know that America is the land of the free.
I will always be American.
And if I were to choose to give up that, that is my choice.
So I will continue to do what I have done and continue to stand up for my beliefs.
But I hope that the American people and the American Muslims and the people of the Muslim world can embrace and support this new American flag.
As a proud Muslim American, I want people to see that we stand together and we stand up.
We will never stop fighting.
We have to continue to rise up and continue in the fight for justice and for equality and for freedom.
Thank you, everybody.
And thank you for your support and your patience.
I really appreciate it.
And once again, I just want to say thank you to my family and to my friends and to the American audience, because it means a lot.
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