Islam is the religion of Bangladesh, practiced by over 130 million Muslims (almost 90% of the population and the fourth-largest Muslim population in the world). Religion has always been a strong part of the national identity and atheism is extremely rare. Misguided perceptions of Islam, usually via western observers, are often based on prejudice and ignorance, seeing the religion as fundamentalist, extremist or terrorist. Here is a non-western perspective. It is how we Muslims see our religion and how 9/11 has affected us.