Anti-Muslim Hate Hurts Michigan

http://www.thereligiousleft.org/2012/05/anti-muslim-rally-hurts-michigan.html

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Anti-Muslim Rally Hurts Michigan

 
By Dawud Walid, CAIR-MI Executive Director
 
Michigan, which contains one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in America, is also home to aggressive Islamophobic and xenophobic elements that unfortunately include some elected representatives. 
 
Michigan State Representative Dave Agema (R-Grandville) plans to hold an “Anti-Sharia Rally” at the state capital this Thursday in order to push copy-cat restriction of foreign laws legislation, which has been promoted nationwide by a cottage industry of Islamophobes.  Agema, who introduced this legislation last year but failed to get it out of the Michigan House Judiciary Committee, hopes that his “rally” will encourage his legislative colleagues and the public to jump on his extremist and un-American bandwagon.
 
In recent past, Agema also sponsored an Arizona immigration copy-cat bill that would have justified racial profiling in practice for local and state law enforcement.  During a hearing a few months ago, he trotted out fake ex-terrorist Kamal Saleem to testify as to how E –Verify would keep Michigan safe from undocumented boogeyman Muslims, who have plans to infiltrate our nation.  He has even endorsed making changes to the 14th Amendment, which grants birthright citizenship to all born in America to wanting to make Michigan an “English-only” state.
 
Besides the fact that his intolerant bill will have a negative impact on Jews, Catholics and others whose religious codes are considered in Michigan courts pertaining to congregational and marital arbitration, hate simply hurts Michigan.
 
Michigan is the only state in the past decade that suffered population atrophy.  In addition, Metro Detroit is one of the most segregated major cities in America, and Michigan in general has one of the worse economies in our land.  Wisdom should dictate that a climate of inclusion, not division, should be cultivated by politicians and religious leaders to help attract migration to Michigan both in persons of various ethnicities and faiths as well as businesses.  Agema and his supporters truly do not comprehend that propagating hate is not simply immoral, but also has negative economic consequences in chilling growth.  
 
Although Michigan Governor Rick Synder, who is a Republican, has clearly stated that immigration is a key to bolstering our economy and he has friendly relations with Michigan Muslims, we have not heard from him nor our state’s GOP leadership a clear repudiation of Agema’s anti-Islam message.  Our politicians simply cannot hide on the sidelines and be silent while their colleagues foment division.  As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously stated, “A time comes when silence is betrayal,” and that betrayal is to the values that we as a state and a nation claim to represent.
 
A coalition ranging from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee – Michigan (ADC-MI) and the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) to the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) and Jewish Voices for Peace – Detroit stand in solidarity against Agema’s fear-mongering in favor of a more inclusive Michigan.  It is our hope that our elected officials will also join this same spirit and speak out strongly against Agema’s anti-Muslim antics.  At the end of the day, we must all recognize that hate hurts Michigan. 
 
Dawud Walid is the Exec. Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), and a board member of the Metropolitan Detroit Interfaith Workers’ Rights Committee. A decorated US Navy veteran, Dawud has presented about Islam/interfaith dialogue at over twenty institutions of higher learning, on panels with int’l leaders and academics, and in media outlets including Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC Radio, FOX, NPR, the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.
 
Posted by Garrett FitzGerald at 12:10 PM

Sermon regarding benefits of taqwa & protest of terrorism suspect

Today’s sermon was delivered at the American Moslem Society mosque in Dearborn, MI to a predominately Yemeni-American audience.

Topics covered were:

1) The basic meaning of taqwa or having proper consciousness of G’d.

2) Taqwa gives spiritual insight that no university can give.

3) The protest in downtown Detroit in reaction to the terrorism trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab and the distinction between condemning terrorism and being apologetic about terrorism falsely committed in the name of Al-Islam.

4) The last century of Muslims in Metro Detroit is a record of being law abiding citizens.

Click here to listen.

Jermaine: ‘Michael is a gift from Allah’

Muhammad Abdul-Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson

Muhammad Abdul-Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson

As the world remembers Michael Jackson after his demise, Muhammad Abdul-Aziz aka Jermaine Jackson gave an interview with Matt Lauer of the Today Show (Video) this morning that will surely further speculation as to whether his brother accepted Al-Islam.

Abdul-Aziz said (see 3:20 minute mark on video) that “Michael is a gift from Allah, and He [Allah] has taken him back.”

It is still unclear, however, that Michael, who allegedly changed his name to “Mikaeel” ever became Muslim.  Myths have circulated that Dawud Wharnsby and Yusuf Islam discussed the Islamic religion with Michael and witnessed him becoming Muslim, claims that both have rejected on their blogs.  According to a British tabloid, Michael was given his shahadatayn (witnessing the oneness of G-d and Muhammad being His messenger) at a home by an Imam; no one knows who this mystery Imam is however.  This rumor was rebuked by Michael’s lawyer 3 days afterwards in the NY Daily News.  Unfortunately, media outlets throughout the Muslim world carried the tabloid story without verifying the information and never aired or printed a correction given by Michael’s lawyer.  Thus the story of his conversion mushroomed. 

Going back to Abdul-Aziz’s interview, he made a couple of bizarre statements, probably due to the amount of stress, which he is under.  He stated that he wished that he had died instead of Michael and that he spoke for Michael in times when Michael couldn’t speak for himself like Moses.  Obviously, it is never fitting for a Muslim to wish death for himself/herself or that he/she dies in the place of another.  Also, Aaron (Harun) was the prophet who Moses (Musa) prayed for as an assistant to aid him when he had a difficulty in speech. 

One thing is for sure that we are a week into Michael’s death, Abdul-Aziz has not declared that Michael was a Muslim, and there has been no Janazah (Islamic funeral prayer) for Michael.

The drama continues…