1441, A.H./2020, C.E.
1441, A.H./2020, C.E.
1441, A.H./2020, C.E.
Historically (even prior to the Revelation of The Qur’ān), and especially contemporaneously (via the Collapse of the Ottoman-Empire), there’s frequently been this Kalām/Rhetoric amongst Elitists to retain/preserve their Powers of Populaces. With this being said, Muslim-Elites are clearly no different from our Non-Muslim Counterparts. However, unlike Non-Muslins: Muslims Past&Present, Pre-Qur’ān & Post-Qur’ān, etc. have continuously attempted to misuse at-Tanzīl/Revelation, Muslim Religio-Scholars, Islāmic-Concepts (like Waliyy-ul-Amr/Loyalty of Authority pertaining to Muslim-Leaders/Rulers) & so on to attempt to justify their Oppression against Others. And, it’s done in such Ways exclusively to preserve their Self-Serving Authoritarian-Control. Fortunately, for us though, in spite of their Oppressive-Tactics to attempt to convince Populaces that regardless of their Oporession that they’re entitled to receiving Respect, Loyalty, Obedience, etc. there exists Revelation to debunk any, every, all Things which Oppressive-Leaders/Rulers stand for. The following applies to any/all Manifestations, Forms, Degrees of al-Imārah (Leadership/Rulership) by the way.
یَـٰۤأَیُّهَا ٱلَّذِینَ ءَامَنُوۤا۟ أَطِیعُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَأَطِیعُوا۟ ٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُو۟لِی ٱلۡأَمۡرِ مِنكُمۡۖ فَإِن تَنَـٰزَعۡتُمۡ فِی شَیۡءࣲ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ وَٱلرَّسُولِ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡیَوۡمِ ٱلۡـَٔاخِرِۚ ذَ ٰلِكَ خَیۡرࣱ وَأَحۡسَنُ تَأۡوِیلًا
“Those whom believe pay attention: obey Allah & the Messenger, as well as the Possessors of Authority amongst you. If you differ, concerning anything, then refer to Allah & the Messenger, providing you believe in Allah & the Last-Day. That’s best & a most excellent Conclusion.”(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.4, V.59)
وَٱقۡتُلُوهُمۡ حَیۡثُ ثَقِفۡتُمُوهُمۡ وَأَخۡرِجُوهُم مِّنۡ حَیۡثُ أَخۡرَجُوكُمۡۚ وَٱلۡفِتۡنَةُ أَشَدُّ مِنَ ٱلۡقَتۡلِۚ وَلَا تُقَـٰتِلُوهُمۡ عِندَ ٱلۡمَسۡجِدِ ٱلۡحَرَامِ حَتَّىٰ یُقَـٰتِلُوكُمۡ فِیهِۖ فَإِن قَـٰتَلُوكُمۡ فَٱقۡتُلُوهُمۡۗ كَذَ ٰلِكَ جَزَاۤءُ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِینَ
“And combat them wherever you find them & expel them wherever they expelled you. And, Drama/Oppression is worse than Killing/Slaughter. But, don’t combat them within the Sacred-Mosque, unless you’re combated within it. So, combat them, if they combat you. Such is the Retribution of the Disbelievers.”(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.2, V.191)
`Abdullah ibn-`Uthmān ibn-`Āmir/Abū-Bakr as-Siddīq (May Allah be pleased with him), after the Death of Muhammad (Peace be upon him), assumed al-Imārah over the Muslims. Upon that, he publicly stated, “I have been granted Authority over you, in spite of not being the Best from amongst you. If I do well, then help me. But, if I error, then correct me. Empathy for Truth is Loyalty, whereas Apathy for Truth is Treachery. The Weak amongst you shall be Strong to/with me, unless/until I have secured/restored his Rights, if Allah wills. And the Strong amongst you shall be Weak to/with me, unless/until I’ve seized from him the Rights of Others, if Allah wills. So, obey me, so long as I obey Allah & His Messenger. But, if I disobey Allah & His Messenger, then you owe me no Obedience. Arise for your prayer: may Allah mercify you.”.(az-Zuhrī, ibn-Ishāq, ibn-Hishām, at-Tabarī, at-Tabarānī, as-Suyūtī, ibn-Sa`d, al-Wāqidī, ibn-Kathīr, Martin Lings)
Now, please, keep in Mind that Abū-Bakr is Unanimously-Recognized amongst the Scholars of the Sunnah/Prophetic-Tradition as being the Best/Number-1 Companion of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) & the Most-Senior amongst all of his Companion-Peers (May Allah be pleased with them altogether)…this is what he stated concerning about his own Self, his own Imārah over the Muslims. So, upon that, whom’re we to posture as though we’re somehow Entitled to Imārah and/or Entitled to oppress via our Imārah without Consequence?!!! So, just know: it honestly really doesn’t matter which Muslim-Leader/Ruler, Muslim Religio-Scholar, egc. attempts to make you think/feel that you must obey them regardless of how they are. This “Be Patient with/Obedient to the Muslim-Leader/Ruler” Rhetoric only emboldens Oppressors to remain Oppressors. Basically, this Rhetoric spewed by Oppressors is like imposing Stockholm-Syndrome upon People: when the Oppressed begin to not only tolerate/accept Oppression, but also defend the Oppressor. And, that’s exactly what’s been happening within the Muslim-World for a Long-Time. Ironically, these Same-Oppressors command their Muslim Religio-Scholars to spew this Stockholm-Syndrome to their Populaces/Citizenry, merely because they don’t want what their Geo-Political Ancestors did to occur to them: pertaining to al-Kharajiyyah/Rebellion against the Ottoman-Empire for example, when the Muslim-Arabs assisted Non-Muslim Powers to fight against Fellow-Muslims, in the Name of al-`Asabiyyah/Xenophobia.(See: https://garethbryant.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/hujjahagainstsaudiarabia)
As per my Conclusion: don’t ever let anyone tell you to not, that you shouldn’t/can’t, that it’s Sinful to rebel against Oppression.
1441, A.H./2019, C.E.
Allah tells us:
1. “And don’t approach az-Zinā/THOTery: verily, it’s Shameful-Character/Behavior & an Evil-Path.”.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.17, V.32)
2. “And don’t let your Hatred, against any People, prevent you from behaving justly.”.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.5, V.8)
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has told us:
1. “Whomever amongst any of you has Children they should/must:
a. Give them a Positive-Name.
b. Teach them Literacy.
c. Get them Married.
But/and whomever fails to get their Children Married, whatever THOTery they do, their Sins become the Sins of the Father.”.(al-Bayhaqī)
2. “The Pen (of al-Hisāb/Accountability) is lifted from 3-Persons:
a. A Child (Non/Pre-Pubescent-Person).*
b. A Mentally-Challenged/Ill Person.
c. A Sleeping-Person.
(*Purposely highlighting the Above-Category from this Particular-Narration, this is where our Discussion is to begin.)”.(Abū-Dāwud, ibn-Mājah)
As per the Narration concerning al-Balāghah/Puberty, we learn the following:
a. There’s no Hisāb for any Human-Being unless/until they live long enough to experience al-Balāghah.
b. The Definitions of both Childhood & Manhood/Womanhood via the Islāmic-Lens is clearly defined.
c. The Definition of Child-Molestation is clearly defined.
As per a: A Non/Pre-Pubescent Person isn’t Islāmically-Responsible for any Positive/Negative-Actions which they do, unless/until they’ve reached al-Balāghah.
As per b: al-Balāghah is 💯% predicated upon Basic-Biology…once a Human experiences al-Balāghah they’re no longer a “Child”: depending upon their Birth-Gender, they’re now either a Biological-Man or a Biological-Woman.*
(*Now, there’s some/many whom will attempt to mention Psycho-Emotional Maturity as a Factor…granted. And, Psycho-Emotional Maturity, of course, is essential. However, Puberty & Psycho-Emotional Maturity are clearly Mutually-Exclusive, and Psycho-Emotional Maturity is predicated upon Personal-Constitution, Familial-Upbringing, Societal-Conditioning, etc.)
As per c: the Islāmic-Definition of Child-Molestation is to have any Sexual-Contact with a Fellow-Human prior to them experiencing al-Balāghah. And, this is exactly how/why we know that the Marriage between Muhammad ibn-`Abdillah: the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) & `Ā’ishah bint-`Abdillah/Abū-Bakr as-Siddīq (May Allah be pleased with her) was never consummated until after it was confirmed that she had reached al-Balāghah.(al-Bukhārī, Muslim)
Now, on to the Issue of Sexual-Abuse Allegations surrounding the Mythos of Robert “RKelly” Kelly via the #SurvivingRKelly Phenomenon…here’s what my Assessment is:
a. Is RKelly a Sexual-Predator/Sexual-Abuser…Yes. In fact, in all Truthfulness/Honesty many of us (Countless-People) are self-manifestations of Sexual-Predatism/Sexual-Abuse. For example: if/when we’re gawking on the Social-Media Pages of Sexualized-Persons, finding enjoyment in browsing Porn-Sites, Sexualized Mainstream-Entertainment (TV-Shows, Films, Cartoons, Music, etc.), allowing our Daughters to dress-up as Nicki Minaj & Cardi B for Halloween, having a Pre-Pubescent Male dress as a Transformer/Transgender at a Homosexual-Male Bar/Club & dancing in front of Grown-Ass/Horny-Ass Homosexual-Men: all of this is equally Sexually-Predatorial/Sexually-Abusive.
b. Is RKelly a Child-Molester…No. I say this, definitively, because none of the Women confirmed to have had Sexual-Encounters with RKelly were Non/Pre-Pubescent, thereby confirming that they weren’t Islāmically-Children. This is, as is expected, going to rub People the Wrong-Way. But…as if I actually care: my Maslahah/Purpose is to make the Uncomfortable Comfortable.
Let’s observe some Facts:
a. Most Human-Societies have had/still have an established `Urfiyyah/Cultural-Narrative allowing People to marry as long as it’s understood that there’s no Sexual-Engagement with Non/Pre-Pubescent Persons. Now there’s obviously Exceptions to this Standard, notably via Greco-Roman Civilization which specifically co-signed People having Sexual-Contact with Non/Pre-Pubescent Persons.
b. Within the United States alone: prior to the 20th-Century, C.E. most American-Women were Married prior to Age-18.
c. Within the United States right now, as we speak: there’s US-States which allow People to marry under Age-18, under Age-17, under Age-16, etc. & in some US-States there’s no Age-Limits for Marriage at all.
d. Within the United States right now, as we speak: Thousands of Americans under Age-18 get Married annually.
e. Pornography is hands-down the Biggest-Pontificate/Promoter of Sexual-Predatism/Sexual-Abuse. I say this exclusively because it’s Non-Debatable Truth/Honesty…Pornography is literally a Part of every Element/Facet of our Modern-Societies.
Even when it comes to Social-Media via Hashtagging:
Pornography has Distinct-Genres which (directly, overtly, blatantly) pontificate/promote the following:
f. School/Teacher-Student Sex
g. Geriatric/Senior-Citizen Sexual-Abuse
You should well get my Point, by now…my Point is that there’s Millions of RKelly’s in our World. And, many/most of them have been almost exclusively influenced/conditioned to be just like RKelly via Pornography which pontificates/promotes Sexual-Abuse. Yet, ironically, sadly, Pornography is tolerated, accepted as a Legitimate-Element within Secular-Society. Meanwhile, it’s the Premier-Conduit as per grooming, influencing, indoctrinating the Minds&Hearts of Countless-People the World over, and thus turning them into Psycho-Emotional RKelly’s. Some of the most Notable-Figures in the World, whose Influence has spanned Multiple-Generations, and crossing-over Various-Spheres such as Politics, Pop-Culture, Art, Entertainment, Comedy, etc have had both their Hands deeply entrenched into Sexual-Predatism/Sexual-Abuse.
They are the following Individuals:
a. Let’s look at one of, if not the most Popular-Figure in the History of Pornography: Hugh Hefner…the RKelly before RKelly…the Stan Lee, George Lucas, Michael Jordan of Pornography. At the Time of Hugh Hefner’s Death, his Last-Wife: Crystal Harris was in the same Age-Range as one of his 20-Something Year-Old Children, while he was in his 80’s.
b. Let’s revisit the Life&Times of one of the Most-Celebrated Presidents in US-History: John Fitzgerald Kennedy: JFK. He indulged in an Open Adulterous-Affair with Marilyn Monroe as a Sitting US-President, which imposed an Incredible-Embarrassment to his Wife: Jacqueline Bouvier.
c. Let’s travel back in Time to when William Jefferson Blythe, III/Bill Clinton committed Adultery with Monica Lewinsky in the White House, embarrassing completely his Wife Hillary Rodham. And was merely a Culmination of several Sexual-Scandals which spanned his entire Political-Career.
d. William/Bill “The Pill” Cosby: made Date-Rape a revamped National-Conversation, via the Date-Rape Drug Allegations which he indirectly admitted to in a Legal-Deposition, pertaining to 3-Decades of Sexual-Abuse.
e. Allan Stewart Konigsberg/Woody Allen: he initiated a Sordidly-Public Adulterous-Relationship with Soon-Yi Previn: an Adoptive-Daughter of his Domestic-Partner Mia Farrow, as well as Sexual-Abuse Allegations involving one of her other Adoptive-Children: Dylan Farrow.
f. Roman Polanski: Fled the United States in 1978, after pleading Guilty as per Statutory-Rape Allegations, pertaining to Samantha Gailey, whom was 13-Years Old at the Time of these Charges…an Official US-Fugitive ever since. He has not been apprehended by US-Authorities, nor has he been extradited back to the US.
In conclusion: as per Sexual-Abuse, there’s more than enough blame to go around, and all of us, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we’re either directly or indirectly Active-Participants in the pontification, promotion of Sexual-Abuse. As I always tell People, “It’s easy to judge People, when our Sins aren’t Public-Knowledge”…”You either judge everyone or judge no one.”
1440, A.H./2019, C.E.
Muslims round da World sufferin…
America bullyin us and it’s hurtin…
Knowin this damages the Soul…
Enigma it is to hold da Hot-Coal…
Martyrs are made all day & everyday…
Useless Laws which changes every way…
Salvation not hopeless though…
Life is struggle so that we grow…
Islām is the cure for all Humanity’s Ills…
Making lives better is what Allah wills…
Giving Guidance: the Muslim’s Motto…
Revelation being what we love & follow…
Even when it’s tough, we never cower…
Allah guarantees that He’s our Protector…
Thunder will never shatter the Mountain…
Any opposition: we will stay grounded…
Gratitude for Ease after Hardship…
All we do is fight back: never quit…
I won’t be made sad or blue…
Neither must any of you…
Allah says in The Qur’ān, “And, don’t allow your Hatred, against any People, prevent you from behaving justly.”.(Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.8, V.5)
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said that Allah said, “Oh, My Servants!!! Verily, I’ve made Oppressed Forbidden even upon Myself, as well as between you. So, do not oppress one another.”.(an-Nawawī)
In light of so many Events around our Planet, detailing the constant & consistent Oppression of People, whom are Desperate to be heard, to be listened to, to be helped-Sadly, much like the Carnage which took place during the infamous Rwanda-Conflict, in 1994, C.E., there’s seems to be absolutely zero Change, in terms of how the International-Community chooses to respond to Conflicts which yield levels of Destruction which can’t be defined in any ways other than: Inhumane, Genocidal, etc. And, you’d think that the World would’ve learned from the Errors of Rwanda, as the Nations of our World just stood by and made us watch in agony while they did nothing, as nearly a Million Human-Beings, along with countless other Thousands were: tortured, maimed, raped, murdered, starved-out all in the name of Power & Domination over the Other.(For more Information concerning International-Genocide: http://www.genocidewatch.com)
Ever since the 1990’s, C.E.: there’ve several Nations which have become war-torn, in which untold Millions of Human-Beings have become the subject of Theft, Rape, Murder, etc. With these blatant acts of Genocide being witness before our very eyes, we’ve stayed glued to our Social-Media tools of Communication & Observance, (TV, the News, the Internet, YouTube, etc.) to remain “Aware” of what’s happening. However, unfortunately, that’s largely all we’ve done as a Society is just sit-back and watch, as Multitudes of People just like us: Humans perpetually suffer unjustly. It’s almost as though we’ve become so used to Carnage, that it’s now just another form of Entertainment.
Also, it seems as though the “International-Community” conveniently waits for Conflicts to get at their worsts, before anything substantial is actually done, in order to significantly dispel Oppression around the World. For example: for those of us old enough to remember, the Conflict in Rwanda from beginning to ending was nothing short of the many things which were imposed upon Human-Beings during the Reign of the 3rd-Reich during the WWII-Era (1939-1945, C.E.). The World said “Never Again”, pertaining to the World’s-Nations sitting on the Sidelines as the International “Bullies of da Block” push People around. But, the World hasn’t kept its Word, to maintain Justice for Oppressed-Peoples around the Globe.
Just like what occurred within Rwanda, there’ve been a string of International-Conflicts, either caused by Religious, Ethnic strife between Peoples of the same Nation or imposed upon them by Bullies whom profess to be the Defenders of Freedom…Justice…Equality.
Let’s take a look at some examples of the Rwanda-Syndrome:
For Decades, Nations such as these have been torn apart by Conflict, both internally amongst themselves, as well as the Conflicts being catalyzed, arguably even promoted via Western-Colonization, Western-Influence, etc. Whatever the Reason doesn’t really matter. What matters is the fact that these listed Nations have been struck with Conflicts which have completely either broken-down their entire Societies or has left Millions Dead, Maimed, Raped, Displaced/Homeless, Starving, Diseased, and yet there’s been little to nothing done to concretely put an end to the Oppression the Innocents of these Countries are forced to face. Which comes back to my Point, regarding us being self-victimized by the Rwanda-Syndrome: as a Globally-Connected Society, one would think/assume that there’d greater Efforts by the International-Community to resolve such Conflicts. But, this is clearly yet to be seen.
My Question is this though: how many more People have to actually succumb to these types of Atrocities, before we actually get it, that these are Human-Beings who don’t deserve to be treated like this?!!!
…Oh, I wonder why?
1. Could it be because of all of the influence that the United States wants to maintain in Egypt, by supporting the military-fashioned dictators, whom all do the bidding of the United States?
2. Or, maybe it’s because of all the billions of dollars worth of U.S. Foreign-Aid sent to Egypt, on an annual-basis, which compels Egypt to do the bidding of the United States?
3. Then, again, it could be because of all of the allowances of Egypt for the United States to have the infamous CIA Torture-Camps, within Egypt, that have been used by the United States, since the 1950’s?
Yeah…really interesting stuff, right?!!!
To put it very simply:
The United States is truly an amazingly-hypocritical nation…
…America is, literally the only nation, in Human-History, that has official laws about” not negotiating with Terrorists-Groups/Organizations” and “not supporting Military-Coups, when they’ve actually, constantly/consistently, done those same exact 2-things within the past 4-decades alone, while no one within the U.S. gov’t. has yet to acknowledge this: Nicaragua (via the infamous Iran-Contra Affair, which brings us to the “not negotiating with Terrorists” thing, which I’ve written extensively about, in a previous blog-post: http://www.garethbryant.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/ifanwaralawlakiwereolivernorthhedstillbealivechillin), Panama, Grenada, and these are just some of many examples…Ahhh, America…Land of the Corrupt & home of the Hypocrites.
I’ve started the first, of many guest blogposting articles, on my site. The first of what I hope to be many blogposting article is a brother, named, Mohammad Humayun Khan, and he has written something very noteworthy to read-Mohammad Humayun Khan has written about the upcoming presidential-election, that is going to be a very crucial, perhaps the most crucial presidential-election to date.
This is his stance, in his own words:
I have wanted to write this article/note for a while but never had the chance to get around to it. However since it’s only a week away, I thought the elections would be an appropriate context in which to write this.
Just so you know, this piece is not intended to be political-I am not advocating for or endorsing a candidate-The purpose of bringing in the election, and current politics, is to illustrate the broader points I am trying to make.
Throughout this election-season, and up to the recent presidential-debates, I have noticed that most American Muslims (AMs for the remainder of this writing) lean heavily in support towards the incumbent, President Obama. Through conversations with most AMs (including both fervent Obama supporters and the ho-hum ones), I’ve noticed that the reasons, presented, for supporting him can be described as nothing less than narrow & linear. The most often-cited reasons are his rhetoric of inclusion (at least as compared to many in the Republican camp), as well as his anti-war stances (i.e. Iraq). Basically, it seems like most AMs have a goody-goody feeling about President Obama. Reasons, both on a conscious level and subconscious level, may include that he is non-white, his middle name is Hussain, he looks foreign, he goes to the Middle East and gives inspiring speeches, has a less hawkish sounding stance on the Israeli-Palestine issue, or he says Pakistan like any authentic, biryani-loving, tea-drinking, tobacco-chewing Pakistani, from Karachi, would.
If these are, in fact, the only reasons AMs support him, then this is a very disturbing phenomenon and points to broader issues we have in the AM community. The two broadest issues it points to is that of Muslims not taking ownership of this country and Muslims’ linear and unsystematic way of thinking. These two broad issues are the point of emphasis of this note.
The point of this note is not to take sides of who is a better candidate for this country. Obviously, AMs, like any other American group, will and should vote for the candidate whom they think will best represent their interests. For AMs, this includes issues on foreign-policy, related to Muslim-Countries, Islamophobia, civil-liberties, etc. However, why is it that most Muslims seem to virtually ignore the rest of the issues that affect the United States, as a whole? Issues related to the economy, deficit/debt, healthcare, and education, seem to be neatly tucked under the rug. From my conversations, with the average AM, they seem to be very ignorant about the facts and circumstances around these other challenges we face as Americans.
For example, we know that the deficit/debt problem is probably the number-one problem we have in this country; yet, I have not heard any AM or AM organization, in the US, take this issue very seriously. Look, if you are an American Muslim and looked at these other issues in depth, and have concluded that Obama is in fact a better choice for this country, I have no problem with that! What I do have a problem with are AMs totally ignoring the issues that are not exclusively tied to their sectarian interests. And, I honestly don’t think if all AMs objectively looked at these other issues, all or even most, would conclude that Obama’s policies are worth trumpeting for (i.e. Obamacare, high government spending, failed stimulus, drone-attacks, killing US citizens abroad without evidence, or due-process/trial, invasion of sovereignty of Muslim-Countries).
Of course, many would still favor some of his policies over the challenger, Mitt Romney; but, I don’t think all AMs would agree that his policies are unanimously better than Romney’s. Sadly, most AMs have not even taken a chance to read Romney’s nor Paul Ryan’s economic-plans; yet, they somehow spew-off the same extreme left-leaning rhetoric, of how it would be hurtful to the economy. If you did read it, and you think it would, that is fine! But most AMs have not, and yet, still ignorantly reject anything that comes from that alternative political-voice.
Shouldn’t we, as American Muslims, who live, work and reap the benefits of this country, start at the very least, weigh-in these broader issues, as heavily as those that only affect our narrow and exclusive interests? Or, at the very least start talking about the other issues?
Sadly, this phenomenon of exclusively concentrating on Muslim-centric issues sort of indicates that AMs are not taking real ownership of this country. Many AMs will say that they do not truly feel part of this country. To that I say, how could you not? Have we not been blessed to be able to come into this country, settle-down & settle-in, live with peace and security, obtain a better life than any of our relatives back home can ever dream of, practice our religion openly, send our kids (both boys and girls) to school, and live in a society that provides us opportunity after opportunity? Many will point to the growing tide of Islamophobia and the damage it has taken on their psyche. No doubt, that Islamophobia is a major concern-My response to that is if AMs genuinely and proactively start finding solutions, to the broader challenges that the country faces as a whole, Islamophobia will naturally start to dissipate.
What’s most-amazing is that there are a few issues that dominate the AM political-discourse, to such an extent, that most AMs who don’t even have a clue or genuine concern about these issues will vote for a candidate solely based on the stance the candidate takes on it.
I hate to bring this up, but the best example of this is the Israeli-Palestine problem. Now, this is one area that actually seems to unify Muslims around the world and AMs should care about this issue as it speaks to one of the most atrocious forms of injustice and divisiveness in Human-History. But most AMs, who are not even knowledgeable about the situation, completely write-off a candidate, just because they feel a candidate may be on the wrong side of the issue.
I mean, honestly, ask yourselves these questions: Do you really lose sleep at night, thinking about what’s going on in Palestine? I mean, really, wouldn’t the impending loss of your job or health-problems of your children, cause more consternation to you than some of these other Muslim-centric issues? If so, then, why should we not vote along the lines which actually has direct-affects on our day-to-day lives? Or, why not at least, start weighing-in on these broader issues proportionally?
I am not saying that we shouldn’t care about the Israeli-Palestine issue; but, we need to be more rational, in the way in which we make our voting-decisions, or at the very least, the way we direct our discourse!
Unfortunately, thinking in such an exclusively centered way also shows AMs’ unsystematic thinking-process which leads to counter-intuitive results. What I mean by this is that if AMs start becoming authentic participants in this society, and start finding solutions to the problems posed to this great nation, it would translate into better outcomes for Muslims around the world-Holding seats in Congress, or beings heads of major corporations/institutions bring a more dramatic change to the status-quo in both the Muslim-World, as well as the Western-World-A more robust US economy (with all else being equal) would, naturally, translate into more wealth for AMs, which can be used towards charitable-causes and more importantly, in the building of institutions and infrastructure of positive change in both the Muslim-World & the Western-World.
As a tangible example-
In the past couple of years, I have had the privilege of attending a few charitable-dinners, aimed at raising money, for greater causes in Pakistan, such as the renovation of hospitals or the development of schools. At one of these events, as I sat and watched my fellow, generous, Pakistani-Americans, pour out money for these worthy-causes, I couldn’t help to wonder how we became so blessed to have the opportunities to give back in the first place. For whatever the reason, Allah has chosen us, to be these most-fortunate individuals. But, I’ve also found myself pondering about the future of AMs (in this case Pakistani AMs) in this country, and the possibility of AMs being enormously wealthy and simultaneously being positive agents of change in our societies. So, I’ve imagined the same fundraising dinner, 10 years from now, and couldn’t contain my excitement on thinking about how we would be able to generate 5,10 or 20 times more funds, for all of these various worthy-causes! I mean, really think about that!
However, the success of AMs cannot come at the detriment of the United States of America. In other words, the success of AMs is intractability tied to the success of this great country of ours. Therefore, AMs need to become authentic stake-holders of this country, and, in turn, have to find and develop solutions to the problems that the US is currently faces. Moreover, some of the current problems the US faces are ones which Islam, itself, has the ability to solve. I mean, think about the fact that our National Debt sits at over $16 Trillion; how are we to pay interest on this Debt based on its enormous size?!!! Even rudimentary knowledge of Islam reveals the abhorrence of interest-based debt. Thus, we, as AMs, should be at the forefront, spear-heading the solutions to this financial-issue!
To end, I just want to thank everyone who has read this note, with an open mind. Again, this was never meant to be a political-piece; rather, I am just hoping to bring a change in peoples thinking methodology. Whether you vote Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, other, or even neither, please weigh-in ALL issues, which we all face, as Americans. Start taking ownership of this country, which means not just taking the benefits and hiding, but also sharing in the problems, being active-participants in the solutions, start thinking systematically and reasonably, because we know a community is doomed to fail if it fails to reason.
And please let me know your guys thoughts on this!
Mohammad Humayun Khan/2012