Can a Muslim be a good American?
(first published April 5, 2007)
Who in his right mind, would even pose such a question?
Remember when the loyalties of Catholics was in question simply because John Kennedy was running for office? Check it out, there were plenty of idiotic people back then too.
The questions AND the answers suggest that the writer knows nothing about Islam, Arabs or Muslims (in some countries, about 20-50% of all Arabs are Christians) however, passing information is obviously not the goal of the originator of this e-mail, s-he is simply interested in polluting minds of people who are sincere but impressionable.
I hope you will bear with me long enough to read the Q & A below and then try to make up your minds. If you have any doubts or questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me or call me if that is what you want to do; I’ll be grateful for the contact and treat your response with the greatest of respect.
My response to the ignorant and provocative questions, follows his questions and his responses (In Bold)
The very thought that a faith should determine loyalty to this nation is repugnant to everything the US stands for.
This calumny has been making its rounds for quite some time…obviously written by someone whose fantasies control his thought-process.
Can a good Muslim be a good American?
I sent that question to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. But obviously learnt nothing from his stay.
The following is his reply:
Theologically – no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.
“Al-Lah” simply means “The God”. The term refers to the ONE God of Islam and all other monotheistic faiths. The fact that some faiths call God by other name/s matters not a bit in fact, even in Islam, there are more names for God than one can count (many in every language).
Religiously – no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)
“Islam” simply means “submission to the Will of God”. Thus, every faith that calls for submission to the Will of God, is Islam and anyone who submits to the Will of God, is considered to be a Muslim from the spiritual point of view. From the more colloquial point of view, a Muslim is someone who states “There is no God but One God and Mohammed is His prophet”. This in turn means that the prophet Mohammed was just one among equals, of the innumerable prophets that God sent (“…to each tribe and to each nation…”)
The reference to the Quran that this fellow made (2:256) reads as follows: “There is no compulsion in religions. The right directions is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejects false deities and believes in God has grasped a firm hand-hold which will never break. God is Hearer, Knower.”
Scripturally – no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Quran (Koran).
Islam considers all books sent by God, to be equal with the same message. The Five Pillars are simply:
Affirm, “There is no God but One God and Mohammed is His prophet”.
Pray five times a day to remind ones self of the commandments of God which are to be good and to do good.
Give to charity (about 2.5% of annual wealth)
Fast for 30 days every year and carry no grudges and do no ill to anything or anyone.
Go for pilgrimage to Mecca once in your lifetime if you can afford it (where we call blessings on the Prophet Abraham and his descendants)
Is there anything here that runs contrary to Christian values?
Geographically – no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
No more than a Catholic’s “allegiance” is to the Pope to whom he looks for guidance or Buddhists who revere the Dalai Lama or, Jews because they revere Israel.
Socially – no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
Only an ignorant, hateful mind could devise this.
I am Muslim, my wife is Protestant Christian and the best man in my wedding was a Jew while one of the bridesmaids was a Hindu AND we were married in a Catholic Church by a Catholic Priest in Mukilteo, WA. Please spare me the usual, “Oh You are different, I am talking about those others…”
Politically – no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and Destruction of America, the great Satan.
This must be coming from a mind that lives permanently in a hate-filled environment of self-induced fantasies. I have NEVER, yes, NEVER heard a mullah preach the annihilation of Israel or hate towards the US and I have attended sermons in scores of mosques in Pakistan, the UK and the US.
I am sure there must be some Mullahs who have made comments like the ones this fellow says but is that any different from the MANY statements made by Christian leaders in this country, calling for the destruction or complete re-engineering of Islam and Muslims?
What about the leaders like the three Mullahs of the White House (Robertson, Falwell and Graham) who constantly whip up fear and hate of Islam and Muslims who “must be destroyed before ‘they’ destroy us“? and has anyone ever stopped to think how it sounds when we refer to “The Axis of Evil”?
Domestically – no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34).
There is NO “instruction” to marry four wives.
The permission to have four wives was issued during the early days of Islam when men were being killed at a high rate, leaving behind women and orphans whose only method of survival was to beg and go into prostitution.
Even this permission required that EVERY wife be treated the same and that a successive wife could not be married without the permission of the earlier wife or wives.
The “scourge” part of the Quran is a subject of controversy in interpretation from Arabic even among Muslims (ranging from “leave her” to “beat her”).
But is it really (even at its worst) much different from the rules of the Bible? There are dozens of places where the Quran states that women have the same rights as men and some conditions under which men have more rights because of the situation.
Intellectually – no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
This person surely does not understand the Quran and it would appear that he also does not understand the US constitution which is clearly separate from religion.
Should he contact me, I will be delighted to give him lessons on our constitution…article by article.
All rules in the constitution are derived from the rules of humanity…that are also common among all faiths. If this person should take the time to read the Quran, he will find the Quran upholds the Constitution in every article of the Bill of Rights (there is no reference to “terms of office” etc,. in the Quran).
Philosophically – no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist.
MANY passages relating to faith state there will be no forcing of faith and there shall be no compulsion in religion. Some of the passages are 2:256(above), 10:99, 109, 2:62….I could go on and on…the first caliph of Islam and the next three were decided by voting because the prophet Mohammed said on his death-bed, “the voice of the people must decide who shall succeed me”.
Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
True, but the mainstay of support for those dictators is almost exclusively the US. Without our direct military and financial support, these regimes would collapse and (gasp!) democracy might take root there.
Spiritually – no. Because when we declare “one nation under God,” the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent names.
Muslims consider God to be the same for all monotheistic faiths, the God of Abraham, and Moses and Jesus; the God of Adam and Noah.
If the only definition of God is that He is also Jesus, then both Muslims and Jews disagree with Christians otherwise, there is no conflict in thinking Jesus may be another way of thinking of God.
Muslims believe Jesus is a human and stands at the same stature as Moses, Mohammed, Abraham etc., The GOD of the Bible and of Abraham and the God of the Quran are the same.
It is true that God is never called “Love”, but He IS called “The Most Loving” (Al-Wadud) among His 99 names (more correctly, “attributes” of God). Other names for Him include The Compassionate, The Merciful, The Kind, The Just, The Exceedingly Forgiving…
Therefore after much study and deliberation…. perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both “good” Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish…. it’s still the truth.
I suppose it is also the “Truth” that there are UN Blackhawk helicopters with fully armed men waiting for the order from the UN Secretary, to take over the United States!
At some point we have to get a grip on reality and take a few moments to understand those whom we wish to hate, before we make pronouncements on them.
As God said in the Quran…
“Do not follow advice which you do not understand. Make detailed inquiries with your eyes, ears and mind. Do not strut about proudly. You cannot possess the earth, and you cannot rival the mountains in stature.” (17:37)
Call it what you wish….it IS still the truth.
If you find yourself intellectually in agreement with the above statements, perhaps you will share this with your friends. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.
There is nothing “intellectual” about the above original statements; they are simply closed-minded and false and deliberately written to create more hate and suspicion against Muslims. We are all humans like you and everybody else, we have our share of bad people and good people, just like any other group. The sooner Americans understand this, the better and happier we will all be. There is no future in hating and spreading hate against anybody and in the end, it only eats up the hater.
Pass it on, Fellow Americans.
Of course, pass it on…every time you come across this hate-message, please pass this response back upstream so people will be able to sort the truth from the hate-mongering fiction…and this country will be better for it.
The war is bigger than we know or understand.
I doubt if this person understand any War except the mindless Hitlerite war that we all must oppose.