In the current wave of accusations that Americans are extremists and Islamophobes, Raymond Ibrahim offers a sobering look at the question of Muslim loyalty to America. He notes:
“Prominent American Muslim jurists have … proclaimed that ‘It is forbidden to work for the FBI or for U.S. security services because these harm Muslims.’ Another Muslim jurist said it is permissible for Muslims to serve in the U.S. military — provided they are not ‘involved in fighting, harming, or even bothering Muslims at all.’ Similarly, the authoritative Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America issued a fatwa stating that it is ‘not permissible’ for American Muslims to send aid, even food, to American troops serving in Muslim countries.”
But what about those not in the military? Well: “when necessary, Muslims are permitted to feign friendship and loyalty to non-Muslims, or, in the words of Abu Darda, a pious companion of Muhammad, ‘We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.’”
Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy tries to ‘out’ Islamists by challenging them to public debates in which he asks pointed questions designed to reveal this kind of deception. Many more people need to do the same. It may not fix the problem, but it will raise the stakes for those Muslims who are indeed disloyal to the United States.
I have no way of knowing how many American Muslims are loyal and how many are not, but this is not/not a religious question and should not be obfuscated under the rubric of ‘religious freedom.’ It will keep coming up, every time an ‘extremist’ tries to kill other people. Our elites may refuse to acknowledge this problem, but the average American knows it’s there, lurking.
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