reflection of american muslim

Written by Madiha Najeeb


Afterrepparttar 9/11 event, all Muslims are thinking that”What isrepparttar 113484 future of Islam? ”, especially in America, as we are seeing in Iraq, Afghanistan what is America is doing inrepparttar 113485 name of terrisiom. While seeing inrepparttar 113486 present, we do not seerepparttar 113487 future, but we are concerned aboutrepparttar 113488 future as whatever we do now will affect our future. In America we are actually notrepparttar 113489 first wave of Muslims who came to this country. There have been at least three waves of Muslims who came before us, but they were not able to established Islam for what ever reasons. What are they, at this time move toward and over look on them? The first wave of Muslims came or were brought in as slaves fromrepparttar 113490 Africa about two hundred years ago. Muslims could not establish themselves as Muslims as they were oppressed. They are chained and left on plantation in total slavery, their religion, names were changed and there social structure was broken. They were not allowed to practice their religion. So we cannot blameworthiness them for not being able to conventional Islam. Now second waves came after WW1 from Balkan state, Lebanon e.t.c. These Muslims were settled inrepparttar 113491 Midwest and north east, including areas like Dearborn, Toledo, Chicago and Detroit. On that time they squander their time and life to establishing themselves as cost-effectively and socially. Religion was not on their minds at that time. They just pay no heed to it at all. It is heartening to note that many ofrepparttar 113492 descendants ofrepparttar 113493 first two waves are now coming back torepparttar 113494 fold over of Islam and helping establish Islam in collaboration withrepparttar 113495 third waves, which includesrepparttar 113496 immigrant Muslims coming to this country sincerepparttar 113497 1950’s and constitution (60%) of sixrepparttar 113498 six million, present-day American Muslims. Many ofrepparttar 113499 Afro-Americans are now finding their roots in Islam, reverting to Islam, and asserting themselves as Muslims. But this is not enough we have to think and envisage our mistakes and try to over come on it to establish ourselves as a great Muslims. The best thing is learn some lesson from our past. A glorious Muslim empire in Andalusia (Spain), about seven hundred years, Muslims ruled that country, but we were wiped out afterrepparttar 113500 inquisition. If we analyze that time so we will see several reasons for them not to establish Islam inrepparttar 113501 land forever. The First reason wasrepparttar 113502 lack of unity amongrepparttar 113503 Muslims. In Spain they createdrepparttar 113504 class structure of Muslims, and theses classes did not live on equal basis. This was against Islam. Second, they were not able to practice Islam collectively, but more individually. Islam isrepparttar 113505 religion that has to be practiced collectively. Third Islamic education on an individual level was not there, but there was more emphasis was given torepparttar 113506 secular and technical education. Fourth, too much emphasis onrepparttar 113507 culture inrepparttar 113508 form of art, music, food or dress but not enough on defense. “Culture is necessary forrepparttar 113509 survival ofrepparttar 113510 soul, defense is necessary for ofrepparttar 113511 soul, defense is necessary forrepparttar 113512 survival ofrepparttar 113513 body.” Finally,repparttar 113514 most important reason that these civilizations were destroyed and were fail it provoke other to Islam. Invitation to Islam is not lavishness, but a prerequisite and a tool for endurance. While discussingrepparttar 113515 future of Islam in America, we must examinerepparttar 113516 parameters of a good future. If we judgerepparttar 113517 future by numbers, yes, it is truerepparttar 113518 numbers of Muslims are tremendously increasing in this country. A quarter of century ago there were about hundred thousand Muslims, and now there are over six millions. If we look atrepparttar 113519 world maprepparttar 113520 number of Muslims is over a billion, but regrettably they hardly have any strength in that number. Itrepparttar 113521 quality ofrepparttar 113522 Muslims that is important, rather thanrepparttar 113523 number itself. The quality of Muslims who were inrepparttar 113524 minority and out numbered inrepparttar 113525 “Battle of Badr” by three to one, but they were able to succeed withrepparttar 113526 conviction “that they arerepparttar 113527 best nation created for mankind”. Although our number is very similar torepparttar 113528 Jewish people in this country, we have no comparison in strength in terms ofrepparttar 113529 economics, politics and educational strength. We do not have any congressman or senators. We do not control university boards or facilities. We do not have a single factory or financial institution which is able to employ. Muslims in large numbers, therefore we cannot able to judgerepparttar 113530 future of Islam byrepparttar 113531 number of Muslims praying onrepparttar 113532 earth. M any ofrepparttar 113533 Muslims, especially of in-migrant origin, is embroiled in preservingrepparttar 113534 ethnic culture, but this ethnic culture, whether inrepparttar 113535 name of social parties, music, dress shows, is nothing but passing shows. After this generation ofrepparttar 113536 Muslims has passed away, our children and youth of immigrant parents will not be able to sustain that ethnic culture. There will be only two cultures left for Muslims: an Islamic culture andrepparttar 113537 American culture.

What about our health and physical strength? In my opinion, are not keeping themselves in physical shape either. Most of our parties involve nothing but sitting down, making chit-chat and eating rich foods and then going to bed, result of that foods are coronary artery disease, diabetes and many chronic conditions is increasing. We are not doing exercise nor are we watching our diets and nutrition. I m saying all this that our neighbors decide to do ethnic cleansing, as it I happening in Bosnia, twenty years from now, will we prepared to defend our women and children? Or, ifrepparttar 113538 United Nations an Bosnian government requestrepparttar 113539 Muslims of America to come and help them, are we in physical shapes to go there and help them in their war? A healthy Muslim isrepparttar 113540 backbone of a healthy community. It is true that our family and our youth future. Muslim elders, scholars, writer and leader are now in their fifties. Inrepparttar 113541 next twenty to twenty-five years, this generation, which is bearingrepparttar 113542 task of trying to establish Islam, will pass away. Unless we have created a new grassroots leadership which will replace us, there will be a vacuum.

US Marine Kills Unarmed Iraqi

Written by Gary R. Hess

Recent photos from NBC showed a US Marine shooting and killing an unarmed man in Falluja on November 13th. The US Marine had reported to be shot inrepparttar facerepparttar 113483 night before, but was able to continue fighting untilrepparttar 113484 siege was over.

The action is now under investigation, however fellow marines state they would have donerepparttar 113485 same underrepparttar 113486 circumstances.

Q: Does this mean his action was justified? A: No. Under no circumstance should an unarmed man be killed, even in battle. If he possessed any threat towardsrepparttar 113487 Marine then possible action should have been taken, but since he didn’t this is an outrage andrepparttar 113488 Marine should be dealt a court-martial and sometime in military prison.

Q: Is this howrepparttar 113489 supposed best military inrepparttar 113490 world acts towards situations under high stress? A: As far as we knowrepparttar 113491 US Military has done a good job forrepparttar 113492 most part, but in situations like Abu Ghurayb and this case should be an indication that something is wrong withrepparttar 113493 US military system.

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