Islam In America

Islam In America

Hold Pakistan Accountable

pakistanOne of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries.

As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, “Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of the worst oppressors are Muslim nations. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Bahrain, Iraq and Egypt are all important international actors. All also mistreat, or acquiesce in the mistreatment of, anyone not a Muslim. A few of them even victimize Muslims — of the wrong variety.”


The biggest problems seem to arise in Pakistan, where lack of education and warped religious zeal combine for often lethal results.

Bandow reports, “Pakistan has jailed more people for blasphemy than any other nation, but it is not the only country which religious free speech. An incredible 14 of 20 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa criminalize blasphemy.” (Blasphemy, as we all know, is in the eye of the beholder rather than an absolute term.)

Many (if not most) Muslims in the U.S. have relatives in Pakistan and other countries where freedom of belief is nonexistent. Many of us moved to America specifically to escape this atmosphere of persecution. Even though we, ourselves, were not the objects of persecution, we had friends and colleagues who were.

How can we, as Muslim Americans, fight this kind of intolerance in our ancestral lands? What can we do to increase tolerance of “the other”?

(Flag of Pakistan courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

  • SwiperTheFox

    The dictatorial reach of the Pakistani government over its citizens is truly terrible. One gets reminded of, in the non-religious context, of Stalin’s gulags that existed in a similar atmosphere of little to no free speech. It’s a tough nut to crack, though, to get the Pakistan state to change.

  • Rehmat

    Islam arrived in Americana even before the Western Judeo-Christians colonists accidentally discovered this continent. Pakistan is not home to “religious extremism and terrorism”. According to Israeli author, Gilad Atzmon, Israel ranks top as the world’s greatest religious extremist nation. Many of Americans believe that Israel poses greater threat to United States than Pakistan, Iran or Syria.

  • SNLDallas

    “Extremism -whether it is based on religion, race or any other factor – is a threat to us all. Pakistan actively seeks to promote peace that starts by educating children about what it means to be true Muslims. This is achieved by the Jihad of self- reformation and service to mankind. They should teach youth that Islam teaches us to save lives rather than take lives. They should promote values of equality, respect, peace and human life is sacred. Allah says in Holy Quran, in chapter 5 verse 33 “whosoever killed a person – unless it is for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind”. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmed condemns and rejects all kind of terrorism and violence. Our Motto is “Love for All hatred for None” Ahmadiyya Muslim Community propagates the true teachings of Islam and the message of peace and tolerance through a twenty-four hour satellite television channel (MTA.TV) and Internet, Please visit the website to get real picture of Islam.

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