“Adnan Ansari agrees that on the community level, things are headed in the right direction. He’s the vice president of programs for Islamic Relief USA, which is based in Alexandria. Immediately after 9-11, Ansari says, some Muslim groups were asked to prove a negative: that they were not tied to terrorism.
But those questions died down quickly, he adds, and he and his wife find things are better at the neighborhood level than they’ve ever been.
“We live in Sterling, and whenever we leave we hand over the keys to our neighbor, and she is Catholic,” he says, laughing. “So as a couple there is no problem in any way.”