by Hassan Mirza The worldwide Caliph of Islam is now in The United States of America. A religious leader who embraces peace and unity for the entire Muslim Community. A leader who united an entire worldwide community through love and knowledge. A leader who preaches the concept of Jihad of the pen Unfortunately, the Muslim […]
by Umer Choudhary
On January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, was sworn into office. He enters the office of presidency as probably one of the most controversial presidents. As a matter of fact, a CBS News conducted an approval rating poll of our new president, and the results were astonishing. President Donald J. Trump enters office with a record-low approval rating of 32 percent. This proves that the people of the United States are not sure of the abilities of our new president. The reasons for such a low approval rating could be many things, but for me, a deal-breaker is the image of Islam that is portrayed by President Trump’s campaign.
The problem for many Muslims may not specifically be the vetting suggested by President Trump’s campaign, but rather the image that this creates towards Muslims already living in America. It puts us in scrutiny, as many people start to doubt the loyalty of Muslims for the nation, further developing “Islamophobia” in the hearts of many Americans. As Muslims, we value the democratic principles that founded this beautiful nation, and believing in what this nation stands for – freedom and equality – gives us a hope for the forthcoming years. We appreciate the fact that we are blessed to live in a stable country that grants so many freedoms to all its citizens, no matter the religion, race, and gender, one of the many reasons I love this country.
Yet, this still doesn’t relieve the anxiety that many Muslims feel. I myself have been very pessimistic. However, when harboring negative thoughts of the future I remind myself of the saying of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad(saw)[*]: “The love of one’s country is part of faith.” This teaching requires us to remain to loyal to our country no matter the leader and to work for the betterment of our country. I have come to realize the importance of accepting the election and praying for the best as an Ahmadi Muslim*. While I may not agree with President Trump on a myriad of political positions, I have come to terms with this election through a just process, without any violence. This does not mean that I sit on the sideline, but as a loyal citizen I utilize my First Amendment right to voice my opinion in a peaceful manner, such as writing this op-ed.
[*] An abbreviation of an Arabic prayer repeated after the uttering of the Prophet’s name, which means: “May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him”.
* The sect of Islam that believes in the advent of the long-awaited Promised Messiah