It is not easy to criticize one’s own community or the society you are born in and lived in. However, being a Muslim I feel embarrassed at situations developing beyond my comprehension far and near; far and away. I feel often the Muslims suffer as the victims of historical and political factors but the remedies they try are worst than the disease most of the times. The Islamic community is facing tough situations in several parts of globe for reasons that include their silence and complacency in many matters and often the wrong diagnosis of situations had added sorrow to their pathetic plight.
Having lived in Middle East for better part of my life and brief sojourns in West, it had been puzzling for me to see the followers of Islamic faith rushing for Green Card or the nationality of a European country. It is strange that they don’t like western culture; they disparage and disdain it in their private gatherings; they don’t like the way the women dress in west. They never entertain any intention to adopt Christianity as their religion. So why the hell are they immigrating to Christian nations?
I have seen their vacant eyes at Hyde Park and East End, at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, at Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street and at Champ Elysees in Paris and in Munich Streets. Forget about the oldies who have already settled there long ago at different times but what about the recent asylum seekers? They feel insecure and I have always felt that the new arrivals were only going to be unhappy there. Even the future of coming generation is a question mark.
The simple answer to this paradox, as the appears to a casual observer, is the lure of fresh air of ‘freedom of expression’ away from persecutions and the amenities offered which are seldom available in their land of their birth.
Most of the non-Muslim countries to which Muslims have migrated have an image of plural, tolerant, secular and modern societies. Unfortunately, the very attitude and presentations of the whole set up of newly formed Muslims societies often challenge this image. They challenge the way of living of the host country and provoke the worst aspects of the state. Consequently, instead of solving the problems of the Muslims, the country they made their new home tends to ignore or minimize them.
The Muslims want to exert total control over their way of life as a citizen of the new state with the same old perpetuation of their own customs and values back home. When these are threatened, they feel Islam is threatened and confusion and anger ensue in their minds. The young Muslims take it as injustice and brutality and there begins the hypothetical struggle for self-dignity and identity.
The new parochial ideologies and bigotries manufactured by Middle East Royalties to protect their brutal despotic and dynastic again looks attractive to them and the idea of jihad as a physical fight strongly appeals to them.
Let me recall the Gulf War. During the Gulf War the Muslim conference in Bradford which claimed to speak for all Muslims in the country unanimously supported Saddam against Britain. It convinced many in Britain that here was a potential fifth column, a minority which in the middle of a war situation was prepared to side with the enemy. The leaders of the Muslim minority were out of tune with the times.
And in this backdrop I see what Donald Trump has called for an end to all Muslim immigration into the United States. Recently, he has sent shockwaves across the world by proposing that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. Donald Trump has said that in response to the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, the federal government should stop Muslims from entering the United States. Trump has gone to the end of the tether to give a solution for the complex social, religious and political problem.
Reacting to that White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that Trump’s plan to bar Muslims “disqualifies” him from becoming president. And a spokeswoman for British Prime Minister David Cameron called the proposal “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” The UN refugee agency said the anti-Muslim rhetoric in the US presidential campaign was harming efforts to resettle Syrian refugees.
Hillary Clinton, the Presidential Candidate, on the other hand has condemned Donald Trump’s call to bar Muslims from entering the United States, calling his proposal “shameful” and “dangerous” in a damning statement. “Donald Trump has made a name for himself in this election by trafficking in prejudice and paranoia,” Clinton wrote in a post on her website. “At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr. Trump is supplying them with new propaganda. He’s playing right into their hands.” Clinton, however, said that Trump’s statement is a reflection of much of the rest of his party, saying that “many GOP candidates have also said extreme things about Muslims. Their language may be more veiled than Mr. Trump’s, but their ideas aren’t so different.”
Even the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has added his voice to the growing chorus of people defending the Muslim community amid the upsurge in Islamophobic rhetoric in the United States. In a post on his Facebook account on Wednesday, Zuckerberg wrote, “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world. After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others. As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities.
Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone. If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.”
Earlier President Obama had said in an address in an Oval Office address on Sunday that the nation “reject discrimination” against Muslims. “It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country,” Obama said. “It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently. Because when we travel down that road, we lose.”
Reacting to irrational and inhuman remark of Donald Trump the Scottish government has dropped the US presidential candidate as its business ambassador ‘on the grounds that he is a bigot.’ Mr Trump’s “recent remarks have shown he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland”, according to Scottish government spokesperson.
The presidential candidate Donald Trump was appointed as a ‘GlobalScot ambassador’ in 2006 by then first minister Jack McConnell. A spokesperson for Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University said that Mr Trump was awarded the Doctor of Business Administration degree in 2010 due to “his achievements as an entrepreneur and businessman”.
“In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree.”
Mr Trump later added that in calling for “a total and complete shutdown”” of the US to the world’s estimated 1.6b n Muslims, he “only said what needed to be said”, adding that many of his friends are Muslim.
By Naim Naqvi