Why Muslims MUST get engaged everywhere in the US
The Grand Question of the Day is not whether Muslims should get engaged in all aspects of life around us, rather, it is whether Muslims can afford not to get actively engaged and how long we may be expected to last if we remain isolated in our own country?
It is said there are three kinds of people; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask, “What happened?”
These days, Muslims fall in the second and third categories. We avoid getting involved and offer justifications that salve our conscience that we don’t need to get involved after all.
Some Muslims say it is “Haram” (forbidden) to associate and cooperate with the (“Unbeliever”) “kuffar”. The theory being that the workings of “Muslim” countries offer us a better chance to help with honesty, decency and Justice, than the workings in the “kuffar” countries…the THEORY!
The facts are in stark contrast with the idealistic picture we have in our minds between the Good (“Muslim” countries) and the Bad (“kuffar” countries). In fact, there is more Iman (faith) in the so-called “kuffar” countries, than there is in the countries we would love to think of as “Muslim” countries. We have greater freedoms HERE, we can pursue our jobs with more ease and not worry about paying bribes just the stay in office or, get promoted and for the most part, we get more respect and greater peace here than we would in any “Muslim” country.
There is also nothing in the Quran, the prohibits Muslims from working in countries where we are minorities.
Some Muslims argue against cooperation with “the kuffar” because they are hostile towards Muslims and our cooperation will only help them persecute Muslims more.
Some Muslims keep thinking this is only for a short time and they will return to the Old country “one of these days”. These people are never going to settle down, but few of them will ever return top the Old country; they will continue to grumble and idealize the Old country more and more, but with every visit “back home” they will postpone their plans of return for a little while longer…until they are buried here.
What to do?
Should we Muslims seek to make this country more hospitable and secure for ourselves and for our future generations or, should we continue to remain disengaged and isolated from the aspects of governance that surround us?
There is a law in Physics that says Nature abhors a vacuum; as soon as pressure reduces in one place, matter moves from denser locations to fill the vacuum being produced.
This is just as true for Nature as it is for the social lives of humans. As Muslims remain aloof and disengaged from the society around us, our enemies move in to fill society with disinformation about Muslims and Islam until growing aspects of life are filled with the mythology against us, rather that the truth about us.
There are strong, well-funded right wing organizations that live to promote hate against us and trade in images of an existential threat to them from us, to create fear and hate against Islam and Muslims. This is not a passive feeling that might go away or, that may remain, but it will not affect us.
No, this is an active sentiment and the “knowledge” imbedded against Islam and Muslims creates the foundation for actions against us; actions that limit our freedoms, actions that target Muslims as the suspects, actions that profile us as terrorists and provide the excuses needed to target and attack us…actions that limit our growth in the country of our choice and for many, the country of their birth…OUR country.
The vacuum is being filled by Right-wing Jewish and Christian groups and individuals who could not survive a week unless they have the flow of money that comes from creating and promoting an existential fear among sincere people of good will.
Muslims need to look around.
Entire segments of governance are being trained to believe Muslims are the greatest threat to the US and to the “Judeo-Christian Civilization”. The Police, FBI, CIA, ATF, ICE and even the military are being steeped with the “knowledge” that Islam is the machine that turns normal people into a monolithic, single-minded, murderous animals (Muslims).
In Congress, Representatives and Senators are being exposed to calumnious films against Islam and Muslims, hosted and promoted by their fellow members.
In many Churches and Synagogues, Priests, Pastors and Rabbis are energetically promoting fear and hate of Islam and Muslims.
In schools, teachers are teaching from books that promote fear and suspicion against Islam and Muslims, starting at elementary school levels and going to High schools.
Laws are being passed against us, limiting the way we may dress (France), the way our religious buildings should look like (Switzerland) and even the way our faith can be practiced. At best, Muslims can expect to live their lives here, under benign suspicion. At worst, many of us will experience harassment or even imprisonment, just because we are Muslim. According to CAIR, as of this writing, thirty states have gone through the motions of anti-Shariah laws, they are considering bringing in such laws, they have tried and failed to impose such laws or, they have actually passed such laws (see map below); the numbers are growing.
Our federal government has passed laws like the USA PATRIOT Act, the NDAA and more, which leaves lives of Muslims to the mercies of officials who are inclined to treat us almost as non-humans and threats to the US…and they are growing in their numbers.
All this propaganda is having a deep, lasting effect on sincere Americans; good people who only wish to lead their lives in peace, people who love humanity and love their country. These people are being told that Muslims intend to destroy their way of life, that we intend to change America into a country with bizarre customs that will oppress everyone, especially women. Small wonder that so many people are stridently against Islam and Muslims in any form at all…the “infection” from Islam might spread!
The vacuum of knowledge about Islam and Muslims is being filled by opportunists to the point where hate groups have grown to unbelievable levels; hate groups that target, Blacks, Jews, Hispanics…and increasingly, Muslims!
Muslims have to put a stop to all this or we will cease to exist!
The only way we can affect the thinking and therefore, the actions of those who have so much influence over our lives, is to not leave their impressions about Islam and Muslims, to be made by the hate-Islam industry.
Muslims MUST get involved. We need to make sure Muslims are working as Police officers, as members of the FBI, the CIA, the ATF and all the other alphabet soup of institutions that can destroy our lives at will. We need to be in the military, in politics as politicians and as interns…we need to be everywhere!
Our presence will have two major effects.
The first will be to cause the hate-groups to hesitate when they are targeting institutions for brainwashing…it is hard to train against Muslims if the audience includes Muslims!
The second is to help those who will be working alongside us, to understand Muslims and Islam better by our example and by answering their questions about us…it is difficult to believe Muslims are a murderous group of single-minded people if your own colleague is a Muslim and he acts nothing like the hate-industry would like everyone to believe.
No. Muslims do not have a choice in the matter; we MUST, MUST, MUST get engaged in every single aspect of life in the countries where we live…if we want to live in peace as equal in our country and wish for the same for our future generations.
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. Frederick Douglass