Is The US Becoming Islamized?
September 22, 2006 § 17 Comments
There seem to be trends occurring right here in my home country (The United States of America) that resemble those events which produced the largest Islamic State in the World. The spread of Islam in Indonesia happened primarily as a result of commerce and trade. The Indonesian community being exposed to Islam and Muslims business men were attracted to the fairness and honorable way these Muslims conducted themselves and were naturally attracted to the religion of Submission (to the will of God).
It seems that Islam is growing in a similar fashion here in the US. Deerborn, MI is now the largest Muslim community in the US and in my own city (New York City) there are areas especially in Brooklyn, where you can hear the Islamic call to prayer being recited over beautifully a loudspeaker.
Currently the South-Central Asian community makes up the largest population of Muslims in the US followed by African and Arab-Americans. Now as a Muslim I think that the spread of Islam in the United State is good for America, however what does the non-Muslim think about Islam being the largest growing religion in the US?
During the press conference that was held 20 June 2006, Nihad Awad of CAIR stated that the campaign to be launched by CAIR will cost an estimated $50 million dollars and is expected to last for five years. In the same context, he called upon Muslim and Arab businessmen to participate in the campaign. The campaign aims to improve the image of Islam and Muslims in the United States, an image that ex-congressman Paul Findley has described as distorted for the past ten years. Findley added,
“The distorted image of Muslims has had a clear impact on American foreign policy.”
I recently commented on the fact that conservatives and Muslims should be more aligned with each other, since the moral values and conservative ideas run more or less along the same lines, yet this is not the case. In my comment I stated,
“It is funny because the real issues come to light for Muslims when you take a deeper look at politics. I say this because for the most part, Islamic teachings align Muslims with right wing Conservatives. But yet right wing Conservatives are doing all of the Muslim-bashing! And it is the Liberals that are supporting activism against the occupation of Palestine for example. This is what Americans really need to look at, the political agenda of right wing Conservatives and more importantly the infamous Neoconservatives like Bill Kristol.” (H. Abdullah, Wa Salaam)
And I stay with this opinion, however I have yet to find any conclusive answers that I am ready to public address and promote as a solution. For a Muslim choosing a political party is tricky business, as much as it is for Muslim representation in search of supporters from U.S. political factions. Though I am not the only one who has written about this dilemma as Ali Eteraz has shared his own experiences in a post entitled, “Muslims and the Center Left“.