IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEVOLENT, THE MERCIFUL
AMERICAN MUSLIMS AND THEIR OBLIGATIONS
[Shamim A Siddiqi,
But American Muslims are
different from their erstwhile contemporaries living in the
“Apni millat per qayas aqwame Maghrib ka na kar >< Khas hai tarkeeb mein qawmey Rasule – Hashmi” [Translation: Don’t behave with the Muslim Ummah on the pattern of Western nations; The Ummah of Rasulullah (S) is quite especial (unique) in formation]
This “specialty” of the Muslim
Ummah equally demands different behavior and a character that is unique too.
The tragedy of Muslims lies in the fact that they are claiming as Muslims in
their name and nomenclature but not acting and behaving as a Muslim should. As
such, they have become a symbol of misnomer not only in the special context of
In the American context, they have to prove to their neighbors and the common folk of this country that they are “the salt of the sea and lamp of the mountain”. Through their behavior, trustworthiness, honesty at work, service to the people, they are to be recognized in the society as men of words, dedication and humble to the cause of the people who come to their contact. They are to show their worth as good neighbors, honest citizens, promoting the values that are akin to Islam too more than the American people love and promote them in their homes, society and work places.
But it would be possible for the American Muslims to attain this “loveable” status only when they resolve to be the integral part of the political process of this country. Muslims have neglected this phase of life so far out of “hesitation” and taking extraordinary “care” that they do not become part of a “Batil” system. Prima facie, their hesitation was not baseless. Their “care” was not unfounded. But, so far Muslims are concerned, the situation has changed and the political atmosphere in the country has taken an outright turn of 180 degrees. They are now the pinpointed targets of “doubt, distrust and disloyalty” and the Zionist dominated media is promoting it day in and day out. The tragic “drama” of September 11 was staged by those who were scared of the increasing numerical strength of American Muslims. These vested interests accomplished their “objective” and made the Muslims “shaky” and somewhat “uprooted”. It is my well considered apprehension that the same “people” may sometime in near future play another violent “game” and cause severe damage to this land, “pinpointing” immediately towards Muslims, their scapegoats as President Bush did within a couple of hours of the great tragedy of September 11. That will be a death knell to the Muslims of America. The Jewish lobby and persons like Daniel Pipes are “eager” to create such situation sooner than later.
This is an eye-opening scenario
for the American Muslims to envision forthwith. They have no time to waste.
They have to give up the mantle of hesitancy immediately, decide on community
level to jump into the political process of this country as a “lesser evil” in
comparison to sit like a spectator at the “outskirts” of the political arena of
This unavoidable approach will bring the Muslims in the forefront. Muslim leaderships, our Imams and Muslim communities have to play dominant role in getting the Muslims registered as voters, building a team of volunteers [political workers] and raising special funds to cater the essential needs of the Ummah at this critical juncture, failing which the “enemy”, waiting in hiding behind the scene, will act and act ruthlessly with horrible consequences on our very existence on the soil of America. Let the American Muslims work fast as time waits for no body.
Shamim A Siddiqi