Sheikh Yasir Qadhi answers the mind troubling questions of American Muslim Identity: Can you be a Muslim and be an American at the same time? Is there a clash? Is it permissible for a Muslim to have his/her allegiance to a nation-state. What are you first? An American or a Muslim?
Do Muslims have to live in a Islamic State? Can Muslims live in a Kufr State (non-Islamic or non-Muslim State), use the kufr system to defend themselves in the Kufr State? What is the difference between the concept of Ummah and Qaumiyat (nation or community)?
Muslims residing in the Non-Muslim nation-state, can they be patriotic to their country? Is America a Christian State? What American Muslims should say if some one asks them that why are they in America?
Can American Muslims be loyal to America? Is there a clash of loyalty between Islam and America? Can American Muslims be proud Muslims and patriotic Americans at the same time? And is this permissible in Islam?
By Dawud Walid| Source
The recent tragedy of the suicide bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt has not received much in depth analysis in Western media. Many journalists have focused on this tragedy as part of a supposed systematic scheme to cleanse Christians from the Middle East or at least it being a sign of the severe hardships that Christians face at the hands of Muslims. And though no one has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet and law enforcement has not identified who the perpetrator was, the popular assumption is that the attack must have been perpetrated by a Muslim despite the fact that there have been Christian suicide bombers in the region.
This morning, I received an e-mail from an Arab-American Christian colleague that is currently in Egypt now. This is some of what she stated:
My 2-Part of a series of confronting Islamophobia in America
By Edward E. Curtis
Rick Lazio, the gubernatorial candidate from Suffolk County, doesn’t like it. Sarah Palin, though not exactly a New Yorker, has resoundingly “refudiated” it. More importantly, plenty of ordinary citizens vocally oppose the establishment of a Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center site.
But no matter how offensive their presence may be to some people, Muslims have always been a part of lower Manhattan‘s past. In fact, Islam in New York began near Ground Zero. From an historical perspective, there could hardly be a better place for a mosque.
One of the first Arab-American enclaves in New York City was located on Washington St. in lower Manhattan – the very area in which the World Trade Center was later built. Founded by Arabic-speaking Christians and Muslims from Ottoman Syria in the 1880s, it was called Little Syria.
The heart of Little Syria was full of outdoor cafes where non-Arab visitors sometimes gawked at men smoking hookahs and trading gossip about the Ottoman Empire. In a 1903 article, the New York Times called the Continue reading