It is getting more obvious, by the time, by the generation, by the day, by the hour, that if the Muslims, within Non-Muslim nations don’t begin to take the reigns of some sort of political-responsibility, where they are, where the reside, where they live, then, at some point, in some way, we will perish. Now, I don’t at all mean that we will be systematically killed. But, I do mean that we will be just another disinfranchised minority, with no political protection, ambition, or vision…In the words of Seet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for dat!!!”.
What we most definitely do have time for is to get involved, in any way that wecan, in the political-process, relative to where we are. Don’t get me wrong: I’m as cynical & distrusting of these politicians (even the Muslim ones), as anyone else. However, like a lot of people & things, politicians are necessary-evils, especially in light of the fact that our true divinely-designated political-framework, given by Allah, Creator/Lord of the Universe, known affectionately as al-Khilafah (the Islamic ruling-system, based upon ash-Shari`ah [the socio-political manifestation of the teachings of the Qur'an & Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition]), has been non-existent in our world, since the 20th-Century, C.E.
In other words, since the true legislation of Allah is not established anywhere in the World, right now, as we speak, then, we have to use what we have, until/unless we can do better. And fortunately/unfortunately, the status-quo political-system, known as Democracy is the best that we’ve got, right now. Democracy is not at all perfect, for several reasons. Still, aside from that, the Muslim-Communities of Non-Muslim nations may be able to gain some type of political-foothold, which can be very useful, in terms of pursuing agendas which our communities favor.
So, with this being said, “How do the Muslims acquire any type of political-prowess?”, one may ask, which is a very good & important question-There are no 1-word answers as to how to solve the problem within the Muslim-Communities within Non-Muslim countries, that is Political-Impotence. There are, although, steps we ca take, in order to decrease our own political-weaknesses: one of these things is to use which ever political-system which we live under, to manipulate it for all it’s worth, to suit our communal-interest, as best we can; another would be to align ourselves with politicians whom display some type of moral, social, political, integrity & whom are not easily bought, or as easily bought as other politicians.
And, I know, just as much as anyone how this is so much easier to just write about, and a lot harder to actually pull-off. But, when you’re back is against the wall, you’ve got to give it all you’ve got (even if/when you’ve got lil’-to-nothin’ to give). Fortunately, the Muslim-Community is a great source of interest, for any/all politicians, especially those within the political-arena which dominates U.S. policy & politics.
Now, as a result of this fact (and more so because of this fact), ambitious politicians wanna have/host Iftar-Dinners with us, have/host Eid-Celebrations with us, all in the hopes of attaining what means more to them than anything: votes, particularly on Local (City/County, Boro/Borough, Township/Town, etc.) & State levels of government. When it comes to Federal levels of governments, we can all agree that no votes of the Common-People could/would ever determine those issues, or be strong enough to sway the positions these high-powered politicians adhere to, relative to whom supports/controls/influences them financially/politically.
The local-vote is really where it’s at for our Muslim-Communities, because our votes legitimately have more value at these local levels (in these local-elections: like the primaries for example); also, it’s so much easier for the Muslim-Voters to create community-voting-blocs, which ensure that we are united in voting for either one or several politicians & they’ve pledge support of the Muslim-Communities whom vote for them. It’s such a gamble this way, mainly because when power/influence covers you, it almost always stains you & much like money, whenever you’ve got it and/or more of it, it sends a pathological shock, directly to the political/personal ego of any politician & the ol’-sayin’ of how “Money changes you.”, trust me, the same applies in this business of Capitalism…Dog-Eat-Dog World…
…And, after reading this, it’s completely up to you, the reader, as to how you plan to forge some type of political-destiny for our Muslim-Communities.