America it’s time we get a backbone! Let’s end this hypocrisy right now. We will go to war with Iraq against the international communities wishes, because Saddam was a “threat” and killed his own people. Yet, we won’t stop the slaughter of thousands of people in Darfur!
So now President Bush announces some sanctions against Sudan to try and force “something”, and their ambassador has the nerve to threaten us by saying they will take our Cola products among other things away!
How does he plan to do this? Simple, by taking away our gum Arabic. We use so much of this stuff and I hear 80% comes from Sudan alone, that he and his government truly believes that we care more about what we eat and use than about genocide!
That’s what they think of us Americans. We are more concerned with drinking soda than the death of thousands of people right this minute. While there are African Union troops in Darfur, it doesn’t matter, because of their mandate they can only observe and report what’s going on, and before they share the report with the international community, it has to go through the Sudanese government!
So what are we prepared to do about it? You have this knuckle head threatening to take our soda away:
“I want you to know that the gum arabic which runs all the soft drinks all over the world, including the United States, mainly 80 percent is imported from my country,” the ambassador said after raising a bottle of Coca-Cola.
A reporter asked if Sudan was threatening to “stop the export of gum arabic and bring down the Western world.”
“I can stop that gum arabic and all of us will have lost this,” Khartoum Karl warned anew, beckoning to the Coke bottle. “But I don’t want to go that way.”
Come on my fellow Americans, it’s time to buckle down and do the right thing Darfur today and the Congo as well.
Lastly, to my fellow Muslims I have said it once and I have said it twice, and many more times, it’s time we act as true Muslims and help our brothers and sisters in Darfur. If one Muslim suffers we suffer, if humanity suffers we suffer, Allah (swt) commands us to repel evil with good, and to be the vanguards to eradicate persecution and oppression.
Therefore, I am directly appealing to the Ummah.
Let’s form a coalition of Muslims that will deal with this issue and many others in our community. I propose here today the start of a Islamic organization called “Muslims for Peace and Tolerance”. This organization will consist of like minded Muslims and those of good will to help promote the true ideals of Islam and actually practice them, by helping the persecuted, oppressed, hungry, homeless, and orphans. I will be fleshing out the details over the next week, design a site, and every other necessary step to further this dream.
I am asking the Ummah and any who want to help, for your support and cooperation in this endeavor so email me at RobertSalaam@gmail.com with your ideas and pledges of support. Obviously we will need lawyers, those in finance, and any others who want to volunteer their time and goodwill.
It’s time we are for action. As it relates to Darfur we need to divest, support sanctions, protest, and support military action if needed. Muslims, put up or shut up, either we are for Islam and care about the Ummah or we don’t. Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, and Pakistan are not the only Muslim communities or the only Muslims suffering. Allah (swt) says we are but ONE UMMAH, that means that even African Muslims are Muslims too and deserve just as much help and attention, fundraising, awareness, etc. as their Middle Eastern counterparts.
Audhu Billahi Minash Shaitan Nirajeem
Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
May Allah (swt) guide us and keep us strong and united, may Allah (swt) forgive us and keep us on the straight path, may Allah (swt) help us to stay focused and help our brothers and sisters in need. Oh Allah (swt) we seek your protection, against the hardship of afflictions, oppression, persecution, and injustice. We seek refuge from Satan the accursed and we ask that you continually remind us that with community comes responsibility and duty not only to one another but also to you.