Pakistani Muslim identity, there is an American Muslim identity. We defended thatconcept very, very enthusiastically, and I think it took roots.CONAN: Now a lot of mosques in this country were founded with money sent fromoverseas, in particular, as I understand it, from Saudi Arabia. Does that mean that thosemosques are beholden to a particular vision of Islam, in particular the Saudi Arabianversion of Wahhabism?Dr. HATOUT: I can't speak for them, but I personally, we took a stand as part of our bylaws not to accept any money from any government, because we believe that once you become on the receiving end of money, whether intentionally or non-intentionally, it willhave an impact. As they say, money talks, and money talks very loudly.CONAN: He who pays the piper, yes.Dr. HATOUT: And we decided long time ago not to accept this money, and I think thehistory is showing us that this was the right decision, difficult but right, and I believe thatthe American Muslim community should be able to generate its own income. I believethat the Muslim community in America is wealthier and more well-to-do than any other Muslim community in the world, so I see no reason whatsoever to accept money fromoverseas.CONAN: What is the perception of American Muslims from overseas? Do Muslims inIndonesia or Bangladesh or Pakistan, do they understand that Muslims in the UnitedStates are allowed to practice their religion freely?Dr. HATOUT: I think they do, otherwise we wouldn't have been here. There is a greatdeal of confusion, of course. For example, after September 11, there were reports in theArab media, which I have access to, that Muslims are in a miserable condition inAmerica and they are being attacked, etc., which was not true, and we clarified that. I personally wrote a couple of articles and, as a matter of fact, a chapter in a book that'sstill to be published saying that this is not the case, and we have to understand the worldaround us more than we do. September 11 brought a very overflowing compassion andsharing of the American public. The fellow Americans of different religions came to thesupport of the Muslim community, and this speaks very highly for the fabric of thisnation.CONAN: Is it part of this American Muslim identity that you're talking about to explainto the rest of the Islamic world that Muslims were killed in the attack on the World TradeCenter, that Muslim women were killed in the attack on the World Trade Center?Dr. HATOUT: To be honest with you, this was not our emphasis, although it is a valid point, that the attack on America is an attack on all of us, Muslims and non-Muslims. Asa matter of fact, it is an attack against Islam, if the name of Islam is used. And we were so busy with the arena here, between the reception of the amount of questions and curiositythat was raised here in the United States, and also dealing with the very few hate crimes.