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Muslim Bans, Muslim Lists…Action and Reaction

Targeting of Muslims has begun, it started with a sweeping ban on everyone from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). Then it was drawn back to be a ban on all refugees from those countries, then “Extreme Vetting of people from these countries; all in order to stop ALL “Islamic Terrorism” of course! Presumably, terrorism by non-Muslims may continue because it is more palatable. Muslims are being harassed at US entry points (yes, even more than ever before) and some have even been pressured into signing a renunciation of their Permanent Resident status.

Let just allow that the Trump administration and his equally Muslim-hating cabinet are really concerned about “Terrorism”. The term they used was “Islamic Terrorism” which means Muslims. Continue reading

January 31, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Goodbye Mr. President.

Dear President Obama, your second term is over, you will be gone in a few weeks so I thought I needed to share my thoughts and feelings about your tenure before you go, please forgive any slights you find in this article.

During your first election in 2008, I was an Elector, one of the first Muslim Electors in the country. I was looking forward to the promise of Hope and Change which, after King George the Worst, could only get better.

I like what you did with the so-called “Obama Care”. Of course it does not go as far as it should in any self-respecting developed country, but I understand the limitations you had, facing an opportunistic and spineless Congress that caters more to their paymasters than they do to the electorate and to the nation. You did your best and many people have been helped in spite of its much-proclaimed faults. Thank you.

You were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize one year after you became President, in 2009. I must admit I was a bit mystified because at the time, I could not see anything you had done that rose to the level of the award, Continue reading

January 1, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Interfaith Activities and Muslims in America

The three Abrahamic faiths are deep in interfaith activities. Among Jews, Christians and Muslims faith-house leaders meet with their counterparts; Jews and Muslims, Muslims and Christians, boards with boards and meetings go on. Everybody feels good that we are intermingling, we Muslims feel great that we are connecting with the other faiths and ‘interfaith’ is happening. We stroke each other’s egos and incessantly compare the common features of out holy texts to prove that we are actually, more similar than we are different.

The goal for Muslims is to communicate with the others, with Jews and Christians because they hold the keys to existence for Muslims in America. “Islam is a religion of Peace!” has become a mantra repeated everywhere and people are becoming tired of this slogan. As Muslims, we cannot afford to communicate with faith-leaders and ignore the common person on the street because it is the common person who will ultimately protect us from America’s fanatical ultra-patriots and from leaders like Donald Trump and his Islam-hating Cabinet and advisors.

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December 27, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump Era. Threat or Opportunity for Muslims?

The fun hasn’t even begun as the storm gathers around Muslims and perhaps, some minorities. The Trump Presidency offers great danger to Muslims ranging from what now seems almost benign Obama persecution of Muslims, to the outer limits of human imagination.

Yet, this is also a great opportunity for Muslims in which all our future generations can be protected.

Let us first review the Perils.
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November 26, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Muslims in the Trump Era

President Trump. Who would have thunk this could happen?

I have had a few people making contact with me, telling me to keep my mouth shut and my e-pen turned off, even someone very dear to me said so. I am not sure if even a dozen people read my thoughts, but shared with even them, it is a victory. Muslims…ALL of us, urgently need to bring awareness and resistance to the political bigots and their coward colleagues and kick them out of office if that is what it takes. ALL of us need to make sure our political leaders are hit with questions like, “What are you doing against bigotry in this country? If every year, the politicians signed on the NDAA whose Section 1021 directly targets Muslims for “detention” without trial or charges…forever… then they are doing nothing, nothing at all. Continue reading

November 13, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

The 9-11 Tragedy

Yes, we are almost on September 11, 2016. For those who may not be aware, this is the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy where about 3000 people were killed in suicide attacks on America. Yes, this is the day that comes every year, when America gets to rip its collective scab off the wound so it can relive the pain and bleed again and this is a day for grief.

Too many people cannot distinguish between feeling grief and feeling the need to hate and kill.

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September 10, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama’s “right to Kill” Muslims…

Recently a friend expressed surprise when I mentioned that Obama holds weekly meetings at which he signs off on a “Kill List” of suspects…regardless of “Collateral Losses” (non-combatants, women, children). I conducted a search and came up with many links but I thought these three below, should be shared with all.

Obama has always insisted that the US is NOT “at war” with Islam. Fine, but the US is definitely trying to kill a whole lot of those dirty, brown targets without regard to who else gets killed and many do. American security agencies such as the FBI and CIA…and local Police departments have also convinced themselves that Muslims are the source of terrorism and must therefore, be targeted for special surveillance and harassment.

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August 19, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Murders in Nice

When the Nice attack was first announce, I am sure I was joined by almost every Muslim in silent prayers that the killer would not be a Muslim but alas, he was! At today’s count, 84 people…men, women and children, were killed and over 200 injured.

 

Who even thinks of wreaking such havoc on innocent people who are out simply enjoying life? The roots of such actions are easy to track even though the answer to the “why” of such actions is much more difficult; the responsibility is shared between the US, the European countries and the Muslims living in the US and Europe, perhaps in equal measure. Continue reading

July 20, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Muslims and the Orlando “Killing”

Why do people refer to the tragedy in Orlando as “The Orlando Killing”? why not use the word “Massacre” or “Butchery” or, “Slaughter”?
Yes, there are many things to discuss and gun control is most certainly one of them (Floridians have no laws limiting gun purchases), but there are other steps that are desperately needed as well; Stop Hate from spreading.
 
Hate is not a faith-value. It is not a value permitted by God and it is not a human value. Hate is a value for those who have a deep sense of inferiority and inadequacy with a desperate need to feel superior to others…preferably weaker then themselves.
 
This was a tragedy of monstrous proportions and while I can see in it, the results of hate being put to action that are common to everyone, there is much that Muslims need to do to stem further future tragedies…Muslims here in America and now.

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June 16, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

FBI…”Trust us”; Manufacturing Terrorism

June 10th, 2016 New Yorker has an excellent article, “Do F.B.I. Stings Help the Fight Against ISIS?“. Tragically, such examples are almost a daily occurrence in the US today.
This is precisely what I rail against. The enforcement agencies ask us Muslims to trust them because they are here to uphold the law and to protect everyone equally; they don’t target Muslims.
 
Sure, now pull the other one.
 
The FBI has been relentless in pursuing Muslims because we are Muslims and because arresting a “Muzlem” justifies their budgets. They pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to stake a Muslim head on a pike in order that the FBI can look like heroes. The FBI trains Police and other enforcement agencies to look upon Islam and Muslims as the greatest threat to the US and to the West and this is no exaggeration.
 
Why should anyone “uphold the law”?

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June 10, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment