Maybe its just me, although I doubt it, but I’m getting a “little” tired of the phrase “Where’s the Muslim Outrage?”. Everytime, some random cleric, ayatollah, Muslim, etc. does something, the non-Muslim public wants to know where is our outrage.
Please, can someone please articulate what that means?
I mean come on, how about a little common sense here? People continually try to make all Muslims responsible for one another, however their hypocrisy doesn’t allow them to use the same standards. I go to work everyday and take care of my family, why should I feel responsible for the actions of some guy ranting in the Middle East somewhere? I’m also black should I be responsible for every black person? I’m American should I be responsible for every American? I’m a veteran, should I be responsible for every veteran?
When will the insanity stop?
Imagine for a moment if the tables were turned. Everytime a Pat Robeson calls for an assassination or a Jerry Falwell degrades another’s religion, imagine if the world asked all the 2 billion Christians where is the Christian outrage? I could come up with many scenarios, but I won’t go into such foolishness.
Muslims, we have to get a grasp on this situation. We have to instead of cowaring and giving the “Islam is a religion of peace” speech, just call the accuser on their hypocrisy. We find ourselves constantly bowing down and apologizing for people who don’t even represent us. Our very religion tells us that we can’t carry the burden of another yet we sure try to. I’m often amazed at the great lengths we go through to prove to our critics that we are different from what they portray us as. We need to start looking accusers square in the eye and call them on their madness. I never heard of any Christian outrage about the poverty, homelessness, and wealthy tyrants in America? Not to mention the rampant crime and injustice. Should all Christians in America be responsible for the “building” fund in some churches that goes toward the building of multi-million dollar churches, while some of the congregants can’t even afford to pay their rent? I don’t see any Christians feeling responsible for the words and actions of the “good white Christians” of the KKK.
You know why? Because there is a double standard. The very moment some radical Christian makes a statement, Christians will say, they don’t represent Christianity, or they are bad/false Christians. We let that answer slide. Let a Muslim say that about Al-Qaeda and we get looked at with suspicion as if we are telling lies.
To make matters worse and add insult to injury, in the face of this hypocrisy we still attempt at showing some “outrage”. We write, have classes, pass out literature, give speeches, go to conferences, walks, etc. We issue Fatwa’s and almost every Muslim organizations main-page on their website has some statement, petition, or article condemning terrorism and radicalism. Yet that is not enough.
So what is this “Muslim Outrage” you seek? What will it take to show you the accuser that the majority of Muslims, don’t agree with terrorism. The majority of Muslims are peaceful, law abiding, hard working citizens, that practice Islam and their practice isnt remotely comparible to radicals. Should we quit our jobs, take our kids out of school, and all of us take to the streets in every nation? Should we all take up arms and go overseas and fight radical Muslims? What do you want? Better yet, why hold us to a standard you are not willing to uphold?
The irony of it all, is this big and dangerous “Islam” that you fear doesnt even affect non-Muslims as much as ACTUAL MUSLIMS! More Muslims die at the hands of radicals than anyone else. What do you guys fear? Should’nt it be us Muslims who are scared? How many Iraqi’s, Sudanese, Somali, etc. have died at the hands of other so-called Muslims? It’s like we are burning the candle at both ends, not only do we have to fight our radical element, we have to fight you as well, because you have made yourselves believe that you are in danger. You use 9/11 and you make it seem like it was just you that were attacked. You use it to politicize your actions and hatred against us. You act as if there werent any Muslims that died in the WTC. You act as if there werent any Muslim firefighters, cops, etc. that helped in the recovery efforts. You act if there werent any Muslims in the Military then and now that fight the same people!
I just get so tired of this pot calling the kettle black crap.
Now, make no mistake, I’m not advocating our silence either. I’m just saying that as an individual, we should do what we can according to what we want to do, not what others outside of Allah (swt) require of us. As Muslims we are supposed to repel evil with which is better. If we can’t actively stop it, we should at least hate it in our heart. But this goes both ways. Our disdain and desire to right that which is wrong should come from the internal as well as the external.
The first step is with a voice that may start as one, but can become many. I think most of us are already displaying our outrage and proving Islam is what we say it is, by merely going to work and taking care of our families in peace. Explaining to someone and sharing Islam is a way, blogging, speeches, classes, conferences, etc. are all examples. The problem is, that these accusers won’t accept that, because the real ugly truth is that the root of hypocrisy is hate. They have already prejudged Islam and therefore, they won’t recognize the good that is all around them, instead they focus on the “proof” that validates their own preconceived notions.
Its that same “proof” that Hitler used, its that same “proof” that the slave-masters used, and it will always be the same “proof” for those in who’s hearts reside perversity. They don’t want to deal with that nor can we expect them to, if we won’t bring this to light. Everytime we are presented with “proof” we should show them the truth. Think about this for a moment: If Islam was as bad as they claim it to be, why isn’t the world on fire? Muslims live all over the world and are 1/5 of the worlds population. We are in varying levels of society, government, military, etc. Yet, somehow, there isn’t chaos. Why is that? If you want to know where is the Muslim outrage when people like Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali says nut job things like comparing women to meat and men as helpless hungry animals, then I want do know where is the Christian outrage when Pat Robeson says that radical feminism leads to lesbianism, witchcraft, and women killing their children.
Explain to us Muslims, what is outrage and how can we express it. Then let’s come to an agreement as to what is acceptable and let’s agree to both act in the same manner whenever a party within our respective groups act in a way that we don’t agree with or isn’t consistent with the majority.
“Come let us reason together says the Lord…” Isaiah 1:18
I read this article a while ago on Islamicity.com that somewhat expresses how I feel. Here is an excerpt:
Can Muslims be Americans? They ask…
While we discuss these issues it is important to keep in mind some of our history. Muslims have been part of America for hundreds of years. Some came with Columbus, others came with the Chinese sailor, Zheng He a few decades prior to Columbus. One of the earliest group of Muslims that was introduced to the Americas were among those who were denied all rights that a human being deserves including, freedom, liberty, justice and the right to practice their religion. They were among the Africans who were bought and sold as slaves in this country. Many of them were forcibly converted to Christianity, as is recorded in several slave diaries.
Also among the early Muslims who came to America were those who were expelled from Spain in the sixteenth century along with Jews who found a refuge in this country.
During the later part of the nineteenth century, Muslims came to this country as immigrants to study and establish their professionals careers and since then their numbers have been growing.
Since the founding of the United States, no African American Muslim or Spanish Muslim or immigrant Muslim was ever tried or convicted for treason or for being involved in anti-nation activities. How can anyone claim that Muslims have not been part of this country? They fought during the first and second world wars and they represented the country in several crucial conferences such as the First Parliament of Religions in which Alexander Russell Webb spoke as an American Muslim. His book, Muslim American talks about the Muslim responsibilities in America.
As a response to the issues raised in your private gathering please consider the following as to how the Muslims are part of the American fabric.
Theologically, Yes – Muslims submit to God who is the supreme creator of all that is in the heavens and earth. There is no such concept as ‘moon god’ in Islam. In fact, the scriptures of Islam make it very clear that Allah (Arabic for God in English, Dios in Spanish, Gott in German and Dieu in French) is the same God that was reveled to Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them). Muslims are described in the Quran as those who are on the path of all of these prophets. God inspires Muslims to appreciate human diversity in His creation of the multitude of tribes and nations so that they may know and appreciate each other. He exhorts them not to harm others. Loyalty to God does not contradict patriotic feelings. God and nation are not synonym. One is the creator and the other created.Here are some Quranic references about God that show how God is perceived in Islam:God is He save whom there is no deity; the One who knows all that is beyond the reach of a created being’s perception, as well as that can be witnessed by a creature senses or mind; He, the most Merciful and the Dispenser of love and mercy. (59:22)God is He save whom there is no deity; the Sovereign Supreme, the Holy, the One with whom all salvation rests, the Giver of faith, the One who determines what is true and false, the Almighty, the One who subdues wrong and restores right, the One to whom all greatness belongs; Utterly remote is God in His limitless Glory from anything to which men may ascribe as share in His divinity! (59:23)He is the God, the Creator, the Maker, who shapes all forms and appearances! His alone are the attributes of perfection. All that is in the heaven and on the earth Extols His limitless glory; for He is almighty, truly Wise! (59:24)Say: He is the One God, God the eternal, the uncaused cause of all being. He begets not and neither is He begotten; There is nothing that could be compared to Him. (112:1-4 )Religiously, Yes– Because the Quran states in verse 2:256 very clearly that there is no compulsion in religion. In fact what was said in your gathering is a fabrication. Here is the verse that you can share with the people at the gathering.There should be no compulsion in religion. Distinct has now become the right way from the way of error; Hence, He who rejects the power of evil and believes in God, has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way; For God is all hearing and all knowing. (2:256)
Muslims do not worship five pillars or the Quran. They worship God, the Almighty. Following are the five pillars of Islam that are used as guiding principals:
- Testimony of Faith: There is no deity but God (Allah) and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God
- Prayer: Daily at Dawn, Noon, Mid-Afternoon, Sunset and Night. Each prayer takes a few minutes.
- Poor Due (Zakat): An annual payment of 2.5% of a Muslim’s wealth which is distributed among the needy. Optional charity is encouraged.
- Fasting: Total abstinence from food and liquid from dawn to sunset during the month of Ramadan.
- Hajj: Annual pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are physically and financially able. (To commemorate the example of Prophet Abraham.)
The Quran identifies humanity as a plural society, like the founding principals of this country that guaranties religious freedom.If thy Lord had so willed, He could have made Humankind one people: but they will not cease to dispute. (11:118)
Geographically, Yes – Because millions of Muslim migrated to the US of their own free will and contributed to the welfare of this country. The designer of Sears Tower was a Muslim. The engineer who built the New York tunnel was a Muslim. More than 70,000 Muslim doctors toil hard to save lives of average Americans every day and more than 300,000 engineers engage in designing the construction of roads, buildings and strategic institutions.Makkah has similar significance as the Vatican does for Catholics. Makkah is considered a holy place where the first house of worship to God was made by Prophet Abraham.Muslims do face towards Makkah for their five daily prescribed prayers but at the same time God reminds believers that ..It is not righteousness that you turn your faces Towards east or west; but it is righteousness – to believe in God and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; to spend of your substance, out of love for Him, for your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; to be steadfast in prayer, and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts which ye have made; and to be firm and patient, in pain (or suffering) and adversity, and throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-Conscious. (Quran 2:177 )
Socially, Yes – The Quran only discourages Muslims from befriending those who fight Muslims because of their religion.[See Can Muslims be friends with Jews and Christians?]
Muslims are allowed to marry Christians and Jews and who can be better in friendship than a wife. In Islam God restricted polygamy to four wives and encouraged monogamy.
Muslims are reminded to be respectful to women. If there are societies that oppress women, they follow tribal customs and misuse Islam to serve their male chauvinist interests. Verse 4:34 from the Quran reminds Muslim men to .. take full care of women (wife) with the bounties which God has bestowed, more abundantly and with which they spend out of their possession. The righteous women (wife) are the truly devout ones, who guard the intimacy which God has ordained to be guarded. As for those women (Wife), whose ill will, you have reason to fear, admonish them first and then leave them alone in bed and then separate from them. If they pay you heed, do not seek to harm them.
Politically, Yes – Unlike a large number of the American Jews, the allegiance to Israel is not a condition for allegiance to the USA. Moreover, it is the Christian evangelical priests like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell who go beyond the destruction of Israel to say that when Jesus returns, 2/3 of the Jews will be killed and one-third would be converted to Christianity.
Philosophically, Yes – Because Islam ensures that all religions are given freedom. If Democracy does not exist in 17 of 56 Muslim majority countries, that is due to historical and political reasons. Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh are great examples. In fact unlike in our own country that has never elected a female president many Muslim countries have elected female heads of state.
Spiritually, Yes – “One nation under God” resonates strongly among Muslims who consider God to be absolutely Omnipotent and Omnipresent. Among the 99 names of God that one can find in the Quran, several refer to His love, mercy and majesty. The chapters of the Quran start with the phrase “In the name of God most Merciful and Most Companionate” and is a often repeated part of a Muslims daily vocabulary.
Good Muslims and Good Americans, Yes – According to some estimates there are about 6 to 8 million Muslims in this country. Among the list of sex offenders released by the law enforcement recently, not a single one is a Muslim. I went over the names of one hundred thousand sex offenders. Among the drugs addicts who seek rehabilitation, the number of Muslims is less than 2 percent. Among those who are caught as burglars or arsonists or murderers, the number of Muslims is less than one percent. Among those who are domestically violent the number of Muslims is less than one percent. Among those who are convicted of fraud the number of Muslims is less than 2 percent. Among those who are known alcoholics, the number of Muslims is less than one percent. Among those who are drug pushers, the number of Muslims is less than point 2 percent. There is a rape every four minutes in our country. Among those who are convicted of rape, the number of Muslims is less than one percent. Among those who illegally use state welfare system, the number of Muslims is less than one percent. Among those who are involved in Gun violence, the number of Muslims is less than one percent. Among tax evaders, the number of Muslims is less than one percent.
“People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer, guess that’s just the theory of man”NaS