Whither American Muslims?
(Bringing Islam to the World One Concept at a Time!
Taking the Qur'an to Every Home and Heart that Needs It --
And which One Does Not?)
Below are some of my views on American Muslims’ relationship with America and its people and government. Mind you, these are only a fraction of what I believe. So, each point needs to be understood clearly, carefully and in its proper context and background.
And I am not in the habit of saying one thing in public and another thing in private. Never did. So, this is what I have come to believe after careful thought and analysis; after a thorough review of the world situation; and after diligent study of Islam and its various components including Muslim history.
I am a Muslim and America to me is home. I chose it. No one forced me to do so. I will defend my home, my family, my possessions and my neighbors with my blood if necessary against all enemy attacks, both foreign and domestic, regardless of their professed nationality or religion.
At the same time, I will also work tirelessly to bring America and the world closer to Allah and his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, which is what the Muslims in this land should have been doing, something I have been begging them to do for 40 years, but which their bloated egos, their self-interest, their love of Dunya, their racism, their inferiority complex against the White people, their blind loyalties and allegiances to their own respective “Islamic” organizations, their misplaced commitment to Islam "back home," and all sorts of other things would not let them do.
Muslims and American Government
The American government, no matter how pig-headed it may be, is my government. I put it in power, regardless of whether or not I voted for the incumbents. They all work for me and they answer to me. So do all federal, state and local agencies, individuals and institutions, no matter how muddled, wrong and bad their policies or acts. And that includes the CIA, the FBI, the American military and everyone else.
But I will not be an informant for the FBI against anyone. Nor will I blow up anyone's home to help the CIA. But when they do what they do, some of it right and some of it wrong, I carry part of the responsibility, no matter how small, and no matter how indirectly, for they are my people working for me.
It is not just me. Anyone who voluntarily immigrates into the United States cannot hold a view contrary to what I have expressed above. You had a choice when you took your oath of citizenship. You don't now, short of renouncing your citizenship and returning your Green Card or your American passport.
That is not only logic and common sense. That is Islam: pure, simple, authentic.
I Am America!
American Muslims are not outsiders looking in. We are Americans. I don’t know how good or bad Muslims we are, but no one can question the fact that we are Americans. It was in late 1980s or early 1990s that I created the slogan: I Am America! Every Muslim is.
Many of my friends, some very bright and highly educated people laughed at me at that time. But events have proved me right. Now many of them would like to say, or are already saying, what I said then.
Make no mistake, it was this level of clarity on the one hand, and honesty and integrity on the other hand, that made Islam spread like wild fire around the world. And it was this level of clarity that was needed in America over the past 50 years.
Others will come to the same views but after doing a lot of damage to everything in their path and after sacrificing generation after generation of Muslims in America and around the world ... Ba'ad az kharaabiyay bisyaar, as someone said...
Haayey oos zood pashayman ka pashayman hona...as someone else said.
Our American Qawm
I am a Muslim and the American people are my "Qawm." My job is to invite them to Allah and to serve and help and love and guide them. I make a living, as they say, by teaching American youth, boys and girls -- overwhelmingly White, mostly Christian and Jewish -- all that I would love to teach Muslims, young and old, male and female, if they would only let me. I now teach mostly White American non-Muslim young people how to be better Americans and superior human beings. Just like I would love to teach Muslim youth how to be better Muslims and better Americans and better human beings all at the same time and in the same breath.
Muslims and Jews
When it comes to Jews, because many Muslims seem to be obsessed with this topic, some Jews are my teachers and mentors. Just like some Hindus are my teachers and mentors. Some are my and my family's doctors. Some are my next-door neighbors for decades. Some are my colleagues. I deal with them as I deal with others: Christians, Hindus, atheists and others. On a case-by-case basis. They are neither inherently bad nor inherently good. They are just people like the rest of humanity. In Islam, they are Ahlul Kitab. In history, they are honored guests and refugees in Muslim societies for hundreds of years.
Of late, the cancer of Zionism has impacted a lot of people of the Jewish faith. But the victories of Zionism are as much due to the betrayal and treason of those who call themselves Muslims as they are due to the efforts of dedicated Zionists. At the same time, some of the loudest and most potent anti-Zionist voices are also Jewish. You know the names, I don't have to repeat them here. But if you insist, here are a few: Alfred Lilienthal, Noam Chomsky, Norm Finkelstein.
Traitors with Muslim Names
Some years ago, it was not Israeli Jews or Indian Hindus or American Christians that invaded Iran and slaughtered Muslims by the millions for 8 years. It was good, nice Muslims -- mostly Sunni Muslims at that.
Most recently, Judge Gladstone, a South African Jew appointed by the United Nations to head a fact-finding mission in Palestine, handed in a damning indictment of Israel's recent war crimes in Gaza. But a fellow with a Muslim name, Mahmoud Abbas, let Israel off the hook, by refusing to move forward with a United Nations vote, while the entire world stood ready to help the Palestinians condemn and indict the Israelis.
Other Muslim names and places on the Traitor List I dare not mention. Partly because of the Khota Sikkah (Counterfeit Currency) leadership Muslims have. And what a Khota Sikkah (Counterfeit Currency) leadership Muslims have had for such a long time and continue to have even now!
Against this background, true leadership means a thorough understanding of these world dynamics on the one hand and a solid grasp of Islam on the other hand. These need to be combined with superior skills and training required for dealing with the mess we are in. Such a combination is what dreams are made of. Muslims, however, have no clue what it is. Muslims don't have dreams. They have mostly hallucinations.
But Muslims do not care for that kind of leadership. Nor do they understand it. They love their Khota Sikkah (Counterfeit Currency) leadership. Some of them want their leaders in America to be White Anglo-Saxon, which is race worship. Some prefer American Blacks as leaders -- reverse race worship. Some have a weakness for pure Arabs in perfectly "Islamic" clothes -- tribalism masquerading as religiosity and a love of Sunnat. Some would rather wait for their own little boys and girls to grow up and do what they should have been doing for a long time, which is mostly nepotism, racism, tribalism and national chauvinism all rolled into one.
Qya zamaanay main panapnay ki yahi batayn hain?
This is who we Muslims are and this is what we do. Do you think Allah will hand over the leadership of the world and the wellbeing of his Khalq to jokers or amateurs like us?
Let Us Have a Public Yaum-e-Taubah
Let us be clear, these are all different forms and levels of Shirk and Jaahiliyyat. I consider the post 9-11 Qiyaamat Sughra to be a direct punishment of Muslims from God for their behavior. The way out is to accept full responsibility for what we have been doing; do Taubah; organize a public Yaum Taubah, like Shia people do public Maatam; and return to Allah and make amends for our past mistakes.
And then let us let the right people -- people with the right understanding of Islam and the world on the one hand and with the right skills and talents on the other hand -- provide the leadership we need for a new renaissance of the Ummat and for a new awakening of Allah’s world to the divine light and blessing that is Islam.
© 2009 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
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