It is important to push back "against the narrative that Muslims represent terrorism and extremist ideologies," said U.S. Representative Andre Carson, one of only two Muslims in Congress.

The Indiana Democrat told VOA Urdu that Muslims need to present a positive image to American society.

"A lot of terrorism activities are thwarted because Muslims are working with the law enforcement agencies and they are part of the law enforcement agencies. But you never hear about these stories," he said. "America is ours, and until we dismiss the negative notions of what it means to be a Muslim, we will still face this kind of discrimination across the country."

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