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A Message To Muslims In America On Patriotism And Allegiance (For US Imperialism)

01 May 2011

By El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

Assalaamu Alaikum

The Muslim-American leadership response to the reported killing of Usama bin Laden has become a litmus test on patriotism and allegiance (for US imperialism). Unfortunately, in far too many cases the response coming from Muslim-American leaders (most of them immigrants) have failed to measure up to the Islamic standard on Truth, Justice and Mercy. 

Consequently, while these cumulative responses (to the latest controversy to come our way) might appear to be politically correct, the example they set - in terms of what Islam theoretically represents as a real alternative to a morbidly polluted secular paradigm - leaves much to be desired. 

In short, on the dawah front, the Muslim community is failing miserably, thus far, to both seize and take positive advantage of this golden moment in time...and what a profoundly unfortunate waste it is.  

As a little food for thought (for the purpose of clarity), let me share a little note that I received from one of our sisters; followed by a very important, and highly relevant, page out of recent history. 

Assalam-o-alaikum, Brother Salaakhan:

I am reflecting upon how Saddam Hussein was implicated to be behind the September 11 event and he was accused of harboring weapons of mass destruction, only to find out after his execution that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. Later on the president acknowledged how he acted on the misinformation given to him.

Only Allah knows what is the truth. Who was behind all these attacks.

Andy sent me this link from Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/ 2011/0502/Celebrating- Osama-bin-Laden-s-death- is-anti-American-and-not- very-biblical? cmpid=ema:nws:Daily%20Auto%2005022011 &cmpid=ema:nws:NTI5OTY yNjAxMQS2

In one of the languages-Punjabi spoken in Pakistan, a poet says, "if your enemy dies, do not rejoice for even your beloved is going to die."

How would it feel when your beloved will die? This man was a human being. He was someone's father, son, husband, brother, nephew, friend...... We as Muslims don't rejoice on a fellow Muslim's death. We pray for him.

At the end of the day, Allah is the one who is the Ultimate Source of Justice and Allah is the One who knows who is going to Hell or Heaven. We are not the ones to judge. At the end of the day we know another Muslim was killed. We are no one to judge him as good or bad for Allah is the One to decide upon that. We need to do our part, that is pray for his forgiveness, as this is one of his 6 rights upon us for just being a Muslim. We should have offered Salatul Janazah for him.

We need to focus on the example of our Prophet (PBUH) how he conducted himself after the Battle of Badr upon the dead corpses of the most deadly opponents of Islam. He (PBUH) was in a pensive mood and only felt remorse for them, and had hoped, if only they could have had faith in One Allah.

Our job is to educate all around us as to what is Islam and what is it like to be in a state of submission to Allah.

"Inna Lillahe wa inna ilaihe raajay oon"


Our sister's message is right on point! Now I invite you to reflect over a historic speech (highly relevant to these times) that was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the height of the Vietnam War. Dr. King received an avalanche of criticism for this speech - from both the political establishment and from most if not all of the major media. There were also spineless "leaders" within the Civil Rights Movement who began to distance themselves from Dr. King after he delivered this speech and the blow back set in.  

As difficult as it was back then, history proved that Dr. King was on the right side of history.  The message for us today is simple. History is cyclical: names and faces change, but the pattern of human behavior remains the same. Which side of history will we be on when the pages have dried? 

With that said, here is the message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from April 4, 1967. 

Enjoy this walk down Memory Lane.



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