Allah Bless America - With Islam
By Shariffa Carlo

The other day, I attended an awards banquet for a Muslim organization. I was extremely surprised when I arrived. This was supposed to be a group of people, "doing the right thing" Islamically. They were supposed to be the religious Muslims, yet there they were, unveiled woman after unveiled woman. All the men were in Western suits, with barely a beard in the place. Other than the accents, there was nothing to distinguish these people from the non-Muslims. Had I seen it from far, I might have thought this was a group of non-Muslim Hispanics. Why do I bring this up? Well had it stopped there, it would have been bad enough, but these people took it to a higher level.

The ceremony itself was American figurehead after figurehead, from representatives, to mayors to Bank CEO's. Once, the local Police Commissioner "stopped by" to say hello, and they halted all proceedings to give him an opportunity to speak. This man was completely ignorant of Islam. Made an inane comment about Persian rugs, and how "his people" love our rugs. What really struck me about this is that the Muslims actually clapped when he said it.

These Muslims were like dogs at the feet of their master, waiting for any scrap he might throw from his table. It did not matter what he threw, they took it as a sign of love and affection. During the dinner, I had to actually step out of the place because, of all things, they had a singer. Now get this. He was singing "God Bless America"!!!!! God Bless America! I was flabbergasted. Here was a Muslim, singing a song about blessing America which was written by a Jew for a nation of Christians. How far we have fallen from that "best of Statures" in which Allah created us.

I am not saying that we should hate this land, the opposite. This LAND belongs to Allah, as do all the lands of this earth. We should work hard to make this land a Muslim land. What I am saying is that the way to do this is not by bending down to the feet of the non-Muslims and puckering up! We are not supposed to be clamoring after them, seeking their approval.

I told one of my friends that these people reminded me of an old Arabic story. There was this crow. He saw the beautiful peacock, with his feathers at full glory, and he wished to be one. He spent his days imitating the peacock's walk, his sound, and his dance. He tried desperately to imitate the fanning of that beautiful tail. Eventually, he realized that he had failed; yet, when he tried to go back to being a crow, he couldn't. He had forgotten how. Now, he was neither crow nor peacock. I was reminded of this by these people, but sadder still was the realization that in this situation, the peacock was actually trying to imitate the crow, hiding his beautiful feathers and trying to paint himself black. Allah guide us!

We need to realize that these people are not our friends. Have the tragedies in Bosnia and Kosova taught us nothing? Did we not learn from the fact that the moment they have the opportunity, they will exterminate us? Has the current suffering of the Iraqi people taught us nothing? Its time to open our eyes. Look to the behavior of the Americans in the past. They fight against a country, destroy it, and rebuild it in their own image. Look to Germany and Japan as the prime examples. All they need is to get their foot in the door. These people do not love us. Allah, the One Who knows the hidden secrets of man has warned us! Do we disbelieve him? Will we not heed His warning?

Allah says:

O you who believe! Do not take for intimate friends from among others than your own people; they do not fall short of inflicting loss upon you; they love what distresses you; vehement hatred has already appeared from out of their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater still; indeed, We have made the communications clear to you, if you will understand. Lo! you are they who will love them while they do not love you, and you believe in the Book (in) the whole of it; and when they meet you they say: We believe, and when they are alone, they bite the ends of their fingers in rage against you. Say: Die in your rage; surely Allah knows what is in the breasts. If good befalls you, it grieves them, and if an evil afflicts you, they rejoice at it; and if you are patient and guard yourselves, their scheme will not injure you in any way; surely Allah comprehends what they do. 3:118-120

We have beautiful examples of their hate for us. When I lived in South Carolina, a member of the State Board of Education, Dr. Henry Jordan, made the following statement when the board refused to allow Christian religious pictures in the public school hallways: He said, "Screw the Jews and KILL THE MUSLIMS" Now, imagine, Allah said that what they hide in their hearts is worse!!!! What do we need to start believing Allah?

Watch the Muslims being corralled into prison camps in the movie, "The Siege". This is our future, do not doubt it. This could happen to us just as easily as it happened to the Japanese in WWII. Just look at how they have treated us whenever there is a serious terrorist threat. They do not even wait until the facts are in. We are automatically the first suspects. They hunt us down all over the earth and bring us here - to America - for JUSTICE and the Democratic way! They have no concept of the word! Was it justice and Democracy, when during the Gulf war, Bush commented about the masses who were protesting their governments' involvement in Morocco. Bush said, "Do not worry about the people, the government is with us." Is it justice to allow the people of Iraq to suffer and die because they do not like Saddam? Is it justice to support dictators who kill their own people just because they support America?

America is not about Justice, it is about protecting its own interests world-wide. They did not rush in to save Kuwait because it was a matter of justice! They did it for the oil! They do care about us. They care about themselves, and they will squash us (or try to) like the bugs they see us as the moment they have the chance or the moment we get a backbone and try to establish ourselves. Do not doubt it.

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it! This is true. Look at the history of this nation. See how they deal with the world and learn! Allah has warned us. They are not our people. We are the Muslims, the greatest nation raised by Allah. Isn't it time we started acting like it? Isn't it time we stopped wagging our tails and started acting like men and women. Isn't it time we stopped acting like animals whose only purpose in life is eating, sleeping, procreating and dying? Isn't it time we started to worship Allah as He commanded us to, instead of trying to blend into these kafir nations where we reside, these kafir nations we are flocking to, these kafir nations we are praising and singing to?

Allah says, And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should worship Me. 51:56

We are not here for fun and games. We are not here to work towards blending in. We are here to worship Allah. That entails sacrifice and devotion to the way of Allah. It means turning away from all that is against the way of Allah. It is not having awards dinners where we throw away our hijabs, shave our beards, wear a suit and tie, sing the praises of this kafir system and applaud idiots who praise us for our rugs!

Allah Guide the Muslims! Allah Guide the Muslims! Allah Guide the Muslims! Ameen.

I leave us with a small note, this week one of our greatest scholars died. He was not a man without mistake; he was as we all are, human. Yet, he was from an elite few conferred with special blessings from Allah. He was a man of Islamic knowledge. He was a guardian of the Quraan and of the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet. His knowledge and devotion to the Quraan and the Sunnah were exemplary. He leaves us a legacy of knowledge and lesson-plans for seeking the favor of Allah. I pray that Allah take his slave, Shaykh 'Abd al-'Azeez ibn Baaz into His Great Mercy and shower him with forgiveness, and admit him into al Jannah. We have lost a great asset. The death of our scholars is always a great loss to our ummah, for it takes us closer to the days when all knowledge will be gone and the only knowledge that will remain with the Muslims is the phrase, "la ilaha il Allah" Let us make dua' for this great man, and ask Allah for the best for him and us and all the Muslims. Ameen

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