Monthly Archives: June 2012

Muslim Brotherhood is “penetrating” the US government?

After Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi,officially became the first democratically-elected president of Egypt, it wasn’t long before idiots politicians, went on to renounce the elections (and renounce democracy), while also spewing Islamophobic rhetoric. Former presidential-hopeful Michelle Bachmann (lunatic-MN) channeled her inner Joseph McCarthy and publicly stated that the Muslim Brotherhood had “infiltrated” U.S. government and influenced policies. This, to her, is a trend welcomed by president Osama Obama.

What is most concerning about these ridiculous, conspiratory remarks, is the fact that they often go unquestioned. The “threat” of “Islamism” is even a more preposterous idea than Bachmann’s belief that the Earth is 6,000 years old. Have we learned nothing from the “Red Scare?”

Islamophobia is so prevalent in congress, that representatives like Alan West (R-FL) denounced the democratic process in Egypt because the Muslim Brotherhood had won the elections. West’s head almost exploded when it was proven to him that democracy and Islam could harmoniously coexist, going against all the propaganda that brainwashed him into being an Islamophobe. Rather than questioning his views, he resorted to hate-speech rather than have his beliefs challenged.

I simply do not understand how representatives like West claim the U.S. is an advocate and protector of global democracy then call to repudiate (“refudiate?”) democratic results. 

One thing I must say about these Islamophobes. They give us Muslims a lot of credit. For painting Muslims as backwards morons who know nothing about democracy and long to reinstate antiquarian ways of life, Muslims can effectively launch a “stealth internal Jihad” against the United States by engaging in government and influencing the democratic process. Does that make any sense?

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You look kinda dark, are you Hanafi?

Recently, I went to a farewell dinner thrown for one of the mentors I had growing up. There were many individuals present that I had never met, but I valued being in their presence because they were all somehow involved with youth-led American Muslim endeavors in their respective Michigan Muslim communities. Because I was acquainted with so few of the people, I drifted from clique to clique, on the look-out for potentially engaging conversations. I finally came to a group of men who had just been counselors at a Muslim youth camp in southeastern Michigan, and I was curious to hear their reflections, so I approached them.

As I found it slightly rude for joining mid-conversation, I politely asked if I could join, but the answer I received caught me off-guard.

“You look kind of dark, are you Hanafi?” one of the man asked me.

Somewhat baffled, I responded, “The majority of people in my masjid are Hanafi, and so is the Imam there, so I have some attachment to the madhab, however, I do not strictly follow a madhab. When I do, I usually follow the Malaki opinion, but in some cases, the Hanafi one.”

“Oh,” he said, “So you’re not Paki, right?”

I brushed off the seemingly racist remark (racism in our own communities is perhaps a post for another time), because I was curious to see why this man had asked me such an unexpected question.

He went on to recount stories during the camp where counselors following the Hanafi madhab scolded youth at the camp for actions acceptable in Islam, but at odds with the Hanafi madhab such as praying Asr at a certain time or wiping socks during wuduu’. I began to think that I, personally, would not have a problem if a counselor gave me this advice if he or she went on to explain that there were other acceptable opinions from other madhahib. However, I have seldom seen this be the case. I went to countless Muslim camps and Islamic schools while growing up, and I was not aware that different schools of fiqh existed until I was 18. It seems that the mentality is that youth are too stupid to understand that differences of opinion can exist and therefore must be taught that there is only one way to place your hands during prayer, one way to make wuduu’, and one way to place your toes and fingers while reciting the tahiyaat. This type of teaching overlooks one of the most beautiful characteristics of Islam, it’s plurality. The fact that Muslim youth are not made aware of this is a disservice to Islamic history and leads to petty arguments stemming solely for intolerance caused by ignorance. 

Yes, all these thoughts did occur in my head when the man told me these stories. However, his ‘holier than thou’ attitude of expressing his discontent, which expressed a distaste for all Hanafis, was ridiculous to me. Wasn’t his vilification of a group of Muslims even worse than omitting some information from some youth? Both acts were acts of intolerance to me; and stupid ones at that. 

This exchange reminded me of an event that transpired at a mosque near my house a few years ago. Like many American mosques, the masjid offered two jummah salahs to avoid over-crowding. It was winter, and I went to the second salah at 2:15. After the prayer was done, the Imam went on to lead Asr prayer as well. After the prayer, he was immediately scolded by a group of men who said that Asr should not have been prayed in congregation at that time because many of the mosque’s members followed the Hanafi madhab. There was a brief exchange that was handled well by the Imam with no clear resolution. 

The next week, the Imam addressed the incident in his khutbah. He retold a story of a time where Imam Shafi’i visited a mosque where a large percentage of the population followed the Hanafi madhab. Imam Shafi’i led the fajr prayer and respecting the fact mentioned in the previous sentence, did not recite the dua qunoot after the second raka’a. The take home message from the kuthbah was that we, first, have to be aware of the differences in our community, and, second, we must respect these differences. Respect can only come from understanding and these two qualities will bring the ummah closer together, not because differences are eliminated, but because they are understood and embraced.

With the current political climate in the United States that often carries anti-Muslim rhetoric that aims to infringe on the civil liberties of American Muslims, shouldn’t we as American Muslims join together to combat these sentiments rather than argue amongst one another and demonize one another over fiqhi issues that have already been debated by far more learned scholars centuries ago?

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It’s Time to Annihilate Mecca and Medina!

A class taught at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia explained to aspiring military officers that the U.S. was at war with Islam. One teacher even proposed that the United States would eventually have to drop nuclear bombs on the Islamic holy cites of Mecca and Medina. The message from these courses is clear: “killing Muslims is okay, so don’t feel about it. If you don’t kill them first, they’ll kill you simply for being American. They’re all terrorists, even the women and children, so don’t mourn their dead if we ‘nuke em.”

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Full Cooperation = “Admitting” that I am a terrorist and a threat

Today marked the beginning of Congressman Peter King’s (R-NY) fifth hearing on “Muslim radicalism” in the United States. This hearing focused  on “Prislam” a term coined by King to refer to Islam practiced in the prison system. Rather than having a serious conversation of the many ills of the U.S. prison system (The U.S. is the country with the largest percentage of its population incarcerated), the hearing focused on how Islam has somehow “infiltrated” prison systems, causing prisoners to become even more dangerous. Or perhaps the discussion revolved around an absurd idea that Muslims are more likely to go to jail? Whatever the connection between Islam and the prison system was supposed to be, it was lost behind bigoted testimonies by non-experts and seemingly self-loathing Muslims. 

The few who actually had something of substance to say exposed the hearings for what they really were: bigoted attempts to allude the public from worrying about real issues such as the economy, U.S. foreign policy, racism, the prison system etc, and instead instill fear of Islam into the hearts of many so that the important issues could be avoided, or better yet, blamed on Muslims. 

Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of these hearings is that Peter King was known to be an avid supporter of Irish terrorist-group, the IRA. How does a supporter of terrorism lead a hearing on counter-terrorism efforts? Your guess is as good as mine. The hypocrisy is almost comical. 

It is important to say, however, that Peter King, doesn’t hate all Muslims; only most of them. Muslims that care about their civil liberties are despised by King, but right-wing, Zionist Muslims who say that Muslims are inherently hostile towards American values (unless they choose to praise all American government’s foreign policies, intrusion of privacy, as well as all the glories of free-market capitalism), like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, are praised by Peter King. King and Jasser are personal friends and have contributed money to organizations founded by one another, so how is there no conflict of interest in Jasser’s testimony? Jasser seems to clearly be in it for the money: As long as he is the Muslim that bashes Muslims, he is the Muslim that gets a big paycheck from former AIPAC board member and avid Daniel Pipes supporter, Nina Rosenwald. 

Congressmen King continually says there is a lack of cooperation from Muslim communities, without giving numbers or specifying what cooperation entails. Although 79% of American mosques engage in inter-faith work, and 44% are reported to be involved in social justice endeavors, mosques and Muslims aren’t doing enough. Even when Muslims turn in an FBI informant who tried to stir-up support for a terrorist plot, they still aren’t cooperating!?!? It seems clear to me that “cooperation” for Mr. King means for Muslims to denounce their faith and say, “the Quran demands that we all watch baseball, eat apple pie, and praise America as a savior of global democracy.” 

 

Here is an extra for your reading enjoyment: The 6 dumbest things said at the Peter King Hearings:

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/the-6-dumbest-things-said-at-kings-muslim-witch-hunt-so-far/question-1574009/?link=ibaf&q=&imgurl=http://s-ak.buzzfed.com/static/imagebuzz/web05/2011/3/10/13/tearful-attempts-at-changing-the-subject-cannot-11638-1299780412-15.jpg

 

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Hey kids, shooting Arabs is FUN!!!

Everyone loves vacation getaways: relaxation, beaches, shopping, and of course KILLING ARABS. You didn’t read the last activity incorrectly. Gush Etzion in Israel has become a popular tourist spot in which tourists are given the “opportunity” to shoot at “Arab terrorists” in simulated scenarios. Kids of all ages are welcome. In fact, the younger the better. No person is too young to know that the only good Arab is a dead one! What’s more fun than killing sub-human Arab and Muslim terrorists? 

Okay, queue and end to sarcasm. This “tourist” attraction is absolutely appalling. It promotes hatred and reinforces a perceived human hierarchy that places Arabs and Muslims near the bottom of the totem pole. Don’t worry though, these kinds of “attractions” don’t promote as much hate in young girl’s hearts as do tweets made by One Direction member Zayn Malik (sorry, I guess I didn’t really queue an end to the sarcasm)! How are you pro-peace if you are pro teaching little children how to fire guns at a perceived other? Absolutely despicable. 

They should know where they come from (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)

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You’re a terrorist – That’s what makes you beautiful?

Apparently, listening to the boy-band “One Direction” makes you an American-hating jihadi terrorist.The worst part is, according to lunatic Debbie Schlussel, is that American teenage girls are being subconsciously recruited to become terrorists by  seemingly innocent, but (to the trained, psychotic eye) obviously anti-Western tweets by Muslim member of One Direction, Zayn Malik. Malik has had tweets wishing Muslims a Happy Ramadan and an easy fast. To people like Schlussel, Pamela Geller, and Robert Spencer those tweets actually mean: “Death to America, Allahu Akbar!” I can’t believe people actually take this woman seriously. At the end of the day though, this is a fun article to laugh at. I feel bad posting links to Schlussel’s page on this blog, but sit back and enjoy the paranoid racism that is somehow ignorantly hilarious. I never listened to this boy-band much before, but I am going to blast their songs in my car. Someone call the FBI, this must be subliminal terrorist recruitment!

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Hey kids, Arabs suck! Don’t you ever forget.

Some proponents of conservative federal austerity measures (i.e. Ron Paul, Gary Johnson) have proposed that a good way to reduce the national debt, is to cut the department of education. Education would be handed to states or private companies. After reading about recent happenings in Philadelphia and Texas, this seems like a horrible idea. 

Earlier this year, the Texas State Board of Education made headlines by trying to eliminate key American historical figures who were often viewed as skeptics of religion from textbooks (goodbye Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin,and Thomas Paine). The Texas State Board of Education is back in the news for further trying to elevate Christianity over all other ideologies while simultaneously degrading other non-Christian movements. This is exemplified by attempts to omit violent acts committed by Christians during the crusades while emphasizing violent events in Islamic history. Furthermore, the books also blame Arabs and Muslims (presented as essentially interchangeable terms) for the violence in the Mid-East peace process. The aim of these moves is to embed Pro-Israel and Anti-Muslim sentiments through lies in the mind of young children. 

If these are the steps made to reform education, I fear the hate, ignorance, and intolerance that will be planted in the minds of future American generations. 

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