As I was reflecting on my radio show last night, I realized that this idea really has to be pushed. I can in no way, shape, or form, see how Muslims in America and the world can continue to exist under the current status quo. We are disunited as it is already on matters of religious practice and doctrine, but now we are even divided on division…. I know it seems a little complicated. My point is one thing is for certain, whether we call ourselves Shia, Sunni, Sufi, Ahmadi, etc., we believe ourselves to be Muslim and to the non-Muslim, none of these titles mean anything, because they only see us as Muslim too.
Therefore, and maybe it’s just me, it makes perfect sense to recognize this obvious fact and use it to our advantage to reach goals we all can agree on. Instead of fighting over the Maghdi, Messiah, Prayer, or Hijab…maybe it makes more sense to agree to disagree on these issues (since they are a given or we wouldn’t call ourselves sectarian titles) and realize that when non-Muslims hate, attack, or destroy us, they are not attacking a particular sect, they are attacking Muslims.
When it is said that Islam is a violent religion, the accusers are not differentiating between Sunni or Shia fiqh. Most Americans couldn’t point out a Arab from a Persian, let alone know there is a difference or know that there is a such thing as Arab/Persian Christians and Jews too! Yet, we continue to focus on what others won’t!
When an Arab is racially profiled, or a sister wearing Hijab (regardless of ethnicity) is harassed at the grocery store, d0 you think for one minute the attacker is wondering whether or not that person folds their arms or not in Qiyaam?
I truly believe we have to stop this foolishness, lest we hasten our own destruction. They don’t hate us because we are Sunni, Shia, Sufi, etc. or because we wear hijab or not, or speak perfect Arabic or not, they don’t hate us because we wear a beard or not, or which hand we wipe with,….THEY HATE US BECAUSE WE ARE MUSLIM. The hate us because we believe that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad (saw) is the Messenger of God.
It is on this belief we are hated and on this belief we must unite on our common interests and goals. Just ask yourself, if you want your children to live in a world where they have to wear crescents on their clothes? This could be a reality is those in whose hearts reside perversity get their way.
We have to take our name(s) and religion back! Not just from terrorist, but from the mass media who fosters and fans the flames of ignorance and intolerance. We have to set forth actions that ensure that the words Arab, Muslim, Jihad, etc. are not synonymous with terrorism. We also have to ensure that terrorism is somehow only a “Muslim” thing. Hijab should not be synonymous with oppression and the denial of women’s rights. I could go on and on but I think you get my point.
Let’s create a network of Muslims from all walks of life and practice and join together to counter and destroy not only ignorance about Islam, but also ensure the realization of the best intentions God has for mankind.