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Do Muslims have equal rights? John Esposito confronts rising Islamophobia!

*A Must Read Article by John Esposito

By John Esposito

In recent weeks, Republican politics and attempts across America to block the building of mosques have underscored the impact of Islamophobia in American society.

Republican candidates have jumped on a bandwagon, appealing to racist attitudes towards Islam and Muslims as a political wedge to gain electoral votes in the coming November elections. Bogus charges in 2008 that Barack Obama was a Muslim, as if that should discredit him, is an example of an Islamophobia which is still being used as a political strategy today. This form of political hate speech was addressed by Colin Powell in his endorsement of Obama when he asked:

“Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? … I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ”He’s a Muslim and he might be associated [with] terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.”

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, desperately seeking to recapture his national Republican leader role, tried this past week to create a bizarre national threat about the implementation of Islamic law, shariah, that doesn’t even exist:

“One of the things that I am going to suggest today is a federal law which says no court anywhere in the United States under any circumstance is allowed to consider sharia as a replacement for American law. Period.”

Republican Rex Duncan of Oklahoma followed suit, warning there is a “war for the survival of America,” to keep the sharia from creeping into the American court system. In California, a Tea Party Rally in protest of an Islamic Center Continue reading

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Open Letter to the Pakistan Association of America in Michigan

From: Umer Sultan.

To: Pakistan Association of America-MI Board of Directors and the Executive Board.

Assalam-o-Alaikum

In this last month of August and at the height of the Pakistan’s 62nd Independence Day, I came across PAA-MI official booklet of congratulations to the Pakistani Community. That experience was of joy at first glance and the feeling of betrayal at another. I am here writing this to you all with deep sincerity, anger, and sadness.
Pakistan came into being after many sacrifices and hardships that no one can deny and the mass migration of the Muslims from Hindustan to Pakistan was unprecedented at least in the history of Muslims and of South Asia.
Many of those who witnessed that fateful day, the creation of an independent state for the Muslims for freedom to practice their religion, are still alive.
In the wake of the happiness of the Independence Day, we Pakistanis should not loose all our intellectual sense and completely disregard the history of Pakistan. Looking at the pictures of Pakistan in the official booklet, I saw two outlined maps of Pakistan that were missing the Jugular Vein of Pakistan.

So for a reminder to the Executive Board and the Board of Directors about our Jugular Vein, I would like to quote our Quaid-e-Azam (Great Leader) Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Quaid-e-Azam’s interest in Kashmir is evident from the fact that he explained the significance of the name of Pakistan to Mountbatten on 17 May 1947 as follows:

The derivation of the word Pakistan – P for Punjab; A for Afghan (i.e. Pathans NWFP); K for Kashmir; I for nothing because that letter was not in the word in Urdu; S for Sindh and Tan for the last syllable for Baluchistan“.

This explanation of the Quaid-e-Azam is contained in the official publication in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1993 of the four final volumes of a selection of British documents relating to the Transfer of Power in India. [Azad Jammu and Kashmir]

Sir/Madam this is carelessness on the part of your organization, that is suppose to represent Pakistan and the American Pakistani community, your organization approved the official booklet with an incomplete Pakistan.
Sir/Madam Pakistan Association of America- Michigan is the only Pakistani American Association that enagages the American diplomats and Pakistani embassies for Pakistani American community in Michigan. This act represents unprofessionalism, and is an event of great grief.
Kashmir has been and will be the Jugular Vein of Pakistan. If we (the Pakistanis) are not going to make stand for the Muslims and Sikhs oppressed in the Indian held state of Jammu and Kashmir, who will?
Looking back at the history and present, we see the world recognizes Palestine and Israel as a conflict zone and Jerusalem as a disputed territory. International Media pays attention to that conflict and it is on the headlines not only in US but also through out the Muslim World. Why this is not the case with Kashmir, we must wonder?
Kashmir issue started in 1947, right after the creation of Pakistan and the independence of Hindustan (into India) from British Raj, while Israel was created in 1948. We had the opportunity of almost a year to address our stand point to the world.
The official standpoint of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, as you must know is that the Kashmir issue should be resolved by UN Resolution, which calls for impartial elections for annexation. Then why must we be ashamed of our lost territory to India when we stand by the UN Resolution, while India trash the resolution completely, and moreover, declares Kashmir as her “Atoot Ang” when in reality it is not.

You must also know that few months back, Indian held Kashmir was facing curfew for weeks and during this time, Indian security forces opened fire at unarmed protest of Kashmiris.
Sir/ Madam I request you all, who have the supposedly authority of representation of Pakistani Americans, that if you cannot educate the Americans about the issue of Kashmir, please do not show a divided Pakistan in your official publications. I am posting an Official Pakistani Map from the Ministry of Foriegn Affairs. Please refer to more Pakistani maps at Hamara Pakistan Fan Page.
I will say to you what Quaid-e-Azam said to Mountbatten on Nov 1, 1947:

“The accession [of Kashmir to India] was not a bona fide one since it rested on fraud and violence and would never be accepted by Pakistan…Accession was the end of a long intrigue.”

In conclusion, make sure this carelessness doesn’t happen in any of other official publishings. Pakistan was created based on the ideals and thought of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is upon the present and future generation of Pakistanis around the world to reflect those good ideals, which we so often chose to ignore. PAA-MI can do its part as an organization.
Assalam-o-Alaikum.
Umer Sultan can be contacted thekeytopower@gmail.com.
Note: Readers are free to post at their blog as long as they post the entire Open Letter. Also please post/ e-mail the link of this Open Letter to the Pakistan Association of America-MI to show your solidarity of a Complete Pakistan at Their Website and e-mail them at paamichigan@gmail.com and Please post at their Facebook Fan Page.

[Top]Kashmir Flag
[Right]Official Pakistan Map
More Maps can be found at Hamara Pakistan Facbook Fan Page linked in the Open Letter above.

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