On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, the police arrested 4 men in connection with a bombing plot in New York City. The news media is not highlighting the fact that it was a Muslim that tipped off the FBI. The fact that is was a Muslim demonstrates that we will not allow others to highjack Islam in America. According to media reports the suspects claim to be Muslim. Jesus said, there will be those who will ‘caste out demons in my name’ but they are not of me. These “so-called” Muslims cannot be believers in the same Islam that I and millions of Americans practice. Muslim Americans have moved beyond condemning the terrorist overseas, some of us are taking it to the streets, we are working to root out any signs of the disease of extremism from our places of worship, our community and our land.
On the authority of Abu Sa’id al-Khudri, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say:
“When any one of you sees anything that is disapproved (of by Allah), let him change it with his hand. If he is not able to do so, then let him change it with his tongue. And if he is not able to do so, then let him change it with his heart, though that is the weakest (kind of) faith.”
Any Muslim who sees an evil act they should stop it in whatever why they can. Although we are opposed to “agent provocateurs” that make the Muslim community suspicious of the FBI’s intentions, we strongly advise all Muslims to report any proposed acts of terrorism and violence to our leadership or to law enforcement. Our houses of worship should be off-limits for provocateurs or those who would be misguided into committing acts of violence. We say to the provocateurs both foreign and domestic “we shall not be moved” or provoked to extremism. Unfortunately, there are too many in government and law enforcement that see American Muslims as 5th Column of foreign operatives. It will take time for law enforcement to see American Muslims as an ally, but this fact will not stop us from saving both our religion and our country.
According to a recent Pew research study American Muslims are unlikely to be “radicalized”, the overwhelming majority of American Muslims want the same things everybody else wants; to raise their families, send their kids to good schools, to live a clean and safe community and want to see their beliefs take its place among the religion of the prophets from Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus (Messiah) and Muhammad, May God be pleased with all of them and those who follow the best of their examples in peace.
Disclaimer: Although I serve as the Director of Outreach for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center my comments to not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Islamic Center, The Muslim Alliance in North America or The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington or any other boards upon which I serve.