Is The US Becoming Islamized?

September 22, 2006 § 17 Comments

Allah in the FlagThere 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“.

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§ 17 Responses to Is The US Becoming Islamized?

  • JollyRoger says:

    There is a fairly simple reason the American ‘cons aren’t aligned with Muslims.

    We have a President who is a Dominionist, and the Republican Party has basically been subjugated to the will of a group of men who are as radical in vision as Osama ever thought about being. Christian Identity has grown in this country as education recedes, and the adherents of CI view the nonbeliever with the same disgust that the Wahhabi views the non-Wahhabi.

    The Dominionists want a clash of religions, as do the Wahhabis. And both are well-funded. It isn’t hard to understand why the present problems exist.

  • The alignment/malalignment of neoconservatives and fundamental muslims is really not surprising since the two groups are cut from the same cloth. The Republican neocons are authoritarians (either leaders or followers) and social dominators as are fundamental muslins. What has ensued is your run of the mill cock fight instead of an alignment of purpose. This should not surprise anyone who has even dabbled into the nature of patriarchy. It is a natural outcome. It always has been and always will be here on the planet earth. It is part of being on the bottom rung of the spiritual ladder.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “The Dominionists want a clash of religions, as do the Wahhabis. And both are well-funded. It isn’t hard to understand why the present problems exist.”

    Yes I agree thank you for this insightful post… I am going to take a bit more time to formulate a comprehensive case that I can stick by and reiterate in the blogosphere… also I may quote you…, wasalaam.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “The alignment/malalignment of neoconservatives and fundamental muslims is really not surprising since the two groups are cut from the same cloth.”

    In a nutshell! wasalaam.

  • James says:

    BINGO!
    JollyRodger, Abu Sahaj, AmericanExile go to the head of class. The Republicans have no real interest in morality except as a wedge issue. Look at the lies and deceit that were used to get the U.S. into Iraq. Look at lies and deceit being used to scare us into Iran. Look at the culture of corruption with no-bid contracts and cronyism everywhere you turn. Would truly moral men try to find an excuse to Legalise torture? Is torture moral?
    The Republicans are in thrall to the Dominionist Evangelicals. And the Dominionists leaders only care about power. These men wan to set back the clock when white Christian males exclusively ruled the roost. Their followers want to reimpose the most stultifying conformity imaginable. They have zero interest in Muslims except as converts to the “true” religion of Protestant Evangelical Christianity. They are Exclusionists.

    Liberals on the other hand are inclusionists. Classical liberals believe in the right of conscious that people have the right to their belief. People have a right to their faith or lack of same. This idea is supposed to be part of the bedrock constitution principles we Americans hold dear. Liberals and Progressives and some Conservatives still hold these values the Bushies do not.

  • Dean Esmay says:

    How silly this discussion is.

    Bush is not a dominionist. That is paranoid nonsense.

    The Republicans and Bush are not at war with Islam either, and it would take a fool to believe such a thing. A very paranoid fool. In fact the administration has gone out of its way to bend over backwards to find support from the Muslim community, and only gets demonized for its efforts.

    Two Muslim nations now have Constitutions that they themselves wrote and governments that they elected. The US didn’t write their Constitutions or run their elections, they did. This is not the action of an administration that is “dominionist.”

    The demonization of the Neocons is every bit as paranoid and delusional as the worst of the Muslim bashers.

    I voted for Bush. Twice. I’m proud. I’m proud to have supported the US efforts to end Taliban tyranny in Afghanistan, the liberation of Iraq from Saddam’s baathist (fascist) tyranny, for our efforts to save Muslims in Bosnia from genocide, and more.

    Although I am actually quite liberal on many issues, I expect you folks here would consider me a “neocon.” Go on, use ethe word. I think you should be ashamed for not supporting America’s efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, I honestly do.

  • Dean Esmay says:

    And what is with the paranoid fear of Bill Kristol anyway?

    Honestly, some of you folks need to look in the mirror. You complain about being demonized, about being the subject of paranoia? So you then become paranoid yourself and imagine sinister dark “neocon” conspiracies, and an evil Bush administration that’s trying to destroy you? What kind of sense does that mean?

    There is no question that there are elements on the Right who are Islamophobic. Although there’s a strain of it on the left that many of you don’t recognize as well.

    More to the point: this is an administration that’s gone to bat time and again to help Muslim nations. Yet you’re so paranoid you think they want a war with you?

    Talk to me of the people in Saddam’s torture chambers, the Taliban’s execution polices–kidnappings, mutilations, whole families and even villages razed. That was what Muslims had to live with daily under monsters like Saddam and the Taliban. That’s what they faced in Bosnia and Serbia.

    If the evil sinister Neocon coabal you’re so terrified of was really all you say it is, we’d have responded on 9/11 by using nuclear weapons to wipe out every Muslim nation that offended us.

    Please. Come to your senses. And if you don’t want people to be paranoid about Muslims, stop being paranoid about the so-called Neocon cabal and evil religious right. Do you want dialogue or do you just want to be the same as your worst critics–paranoid, prejudiced, and delusional?

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “Liberals and Progressives and some Conservatives still hold these values the Bushies do not.”

    However, this does not mean that Liberals and Progressives can effectively run the country. It only means that they are less likely to pick a fight… there is a difference and a significant one, wasalaam.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “I voted for Bush. Twice. I’m proud. I’m proud to have supported the US efforts to end Taliban tyranny in Afghanistan, the liberation of Iraq from Saddam’s baathist (fascist) tyranny, for our efforts to save Muslims in Bosnia from genocide, and more.

    Thank you for your passionate comments on my blog. However, I would like to suggest before you go cheering the efforts of the Bush Administration as triumphs, you should speak to citizens of Iraq, and Afghanistan for example. It is odd how you claim victory in Iraq, while now nearly 90% of its citizens are anti-american and wish the foreign occupiers out of Iraq… immediately. As for Afghanistan… sheesh I have an Afghani friend that will give you an earful if you really want to know how Afghans feel about their American gift of “Liberation”. I find it odd that you call others opposed to poor foreign relations/policy “delusional”, yet you are clearly denying the failure of your beloved President and his attempts at World domination or at least World manipulation.

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    “And what is with the paranoid fear of Bill Kristol anyway?”

    Because he is on television saying things like this,

    “We can try diplomacy. I’m not very hopeful about that. We have to be ready to use force.” Kristol claimed the people of Iran would embrace “the right use of targeted military force.” He added that military force could “trigger changes in Iran,” causing them to embrace regime change.”

    He has no interest in diplomacy, because if he did he would not be making threats just yet. Ahmadinejad, seems to have more support in Iran than people are giving him credit for. A war with Iran? Now? This is a bad idea… a really bad idea… a really really bad idea.

  • thabet says:

    assalamu alaykum

    You might be interested in a post by Haroon Moghul at my blog some three years ago now called “American Islam’s Uncritical Shift Left”.

    wasalam

  • Abu Sahajj says:

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam…

    “You might be interested in a post by Haroon Moghul at my blog some three years ago now called “American Islam’s Uncritical Shift Left“.”

    Thank you for suggesting this article brother… as usual Haroon has wielded the english language like a Rhodes Scholar. It is a great article, I will probably referece it in an article I’m currently working on, ramadan karim wa as-salaamu ‘alaik.

  • OmarG says:

    Salaam, I was under the impression that most statistics stated Americans were the largest “ethnicity” in the American Muslim community. That includes mostly Blackamerican converts (~30%) along with white converts (~2% ?) and 2nd gen-ers of any origin (~8%). South Asians and Arabs were about equal at 25% with Turks, Afghans, Bosnians, Somalis making up the rest. But, the same CAIR study also mentions that only 33% of them are associated with any mosque. So, while we have alot of Ethnic Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, Pakistanis, Kashmiris, Punjabis, Pasthuns, etc, just how many Muslims do we have that can represent? I think we, as indigenous Muslims and the 2nd gen-ers will be and can be the most effective. I think the history of conversions and Islamizations shows us that it was the Islamized native populations that took over the work and were the most effective; people learn more easily from people in thier own culture who can frame things and explain in terms that the population readily understands rather than straining to figure out an accent or wincing at the culturally alien metaphors and analogies that imigrants sometimes give.

  • […] The difficulties that Muslims face in the West may in fact be that Muslims present an equal entity to that of the neoconservative types and therefore a natural opponent for the childhood game turned global cock-fight called “King of the Hill”, this was suggested recently in a discussion on a post entitled, “Is the US Becoming Islamized?“, where Wa Salaam reader, Americanexile suggests, […]

  • Dont Bother says:

    To equate wahabism with american dominionism is a fake and misleading comparison. I doubt most people even know what wahabism is about except the snipets they pick up from the hard right press and eager beaver liberals ready to take back the house. Wahabism has become a fall guy and poster child for those looking for an enemy. Mr.Esmay, you sound like a right wing propagandist to me. You are in deep deniel if you think this country hasnt been hijacked by a narrow minded group of ideologues and terrorists.

  • James says:

    Abu Sahajj, read the post by Haroon Moghul. Hum. Why is morality only pitched as a matter of sexual mores?
    So is it moral to let people go hungry? Is it moral to let corporations poison the air we breath and water we drink? Is it moral to slash the budget for the old, to to let children and mothers to loose WIC benefits so Paris Hilton can get a tax cut? Is crony capitalism and no bid contracts and endemic corruption moral? Is it Islamic? I’m asking. Is there a duty to cloth the naked, to house the homeless, to give comfort and mercy to the mentally ill? Is there a duty to treat our military men and women who went into harms way and came back less than whole?
    I ask because all of those duties have been ignored or underfunded by the Republicans. I ask because the Psalms of the Jewish prophets (Peace be unto them) and the teaching of Jesus (PBUH) do have common theme of duty to the least among us. I ask because I wonder if being “islamic” is limited to being against abortion and against porn and against gays? Is that all there is? Is Islam no more than Ozzie and Harriet without pork?

    Is the U.S. becoming Islamic? I really don’t know. Are some U.S. citizen joining Islam? Yes. Are there impressive gains in percentage for Muslims in the USA? Of course, but 200% of tiny is still rather small. And as Islam transforms the US the US WILL transform Islam. Even if Islam somehow becomes the majority religion which I doubt, it will be so transformed by its’ journey though the US that other Muslims may declare it outside the pale. Nice irony that.

  • […] As I have mentioned before, American politics is tricky business for Muslims. This was best illustrated in a post that I wrote entitled, “Is The US Becoming Islamized?” when I said, “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) […]

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