Fourth of July: What does it mean to an American Muslim

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    By Imam Johari Abdul-Malik

    The Fourth of July has many meanings to this American Muslim. It is both a source of pride, disappointment of a dream deferred and the hope of fulfillment of a universal promise of freedom - Independence - and equality for all. History reminds us that on July 4th 1187 Sulahudeen Ayoubi liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders and invited the expelled Jewish families to return to their homes in the Holy Land.


    The Fourth of July brings to mind the Muslims who fought in the revolutionary war, such as Yusuf Ben Ali, also known as Joseph (Benenhali) Benhaley. His name appeared in the 1790 census of Sumter County, SC or Bampett Muhamed who was a Corporal in the Revolutionary Army or Sergeant Francis Saba, sergeant and Fifer Joseph Saba who served with the Continental Troops.

    Let us not forget that in 1777 Morocco, A Muslim country, was the first to recognize the United States as an independent nation. Independence Day reminds me that I am freer to practice Islam in America than in most so-called Muslim countries. America continues to be a beacon of freedom for the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Ivory Coast, Yemen and Syria.

    As an American Muslim I can’t help but wonder if perhaps when framing the US Constitution that Jefferson's Quran (The one that Congressman Keith Ellison was sworn into office on) gave reinforcement to the universal ideal of freedom of religion as a God given right from Sharia.

    Surah 2, Verse 256:

    لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انفِصَامَ لَهَا وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

    Translation: "Let there be no compulsion in religion: (Freedom of religion) Truth stands out clear from Error..."


    Perhaps James Madison while studying the life of the Prophet Muhammad saw where he set forth in 622 the Treaty of Medina which proclaimed; the security of God is equal for all groups (including Jews), the people of other faiths have equal political and cultural rights as Muslims and that they will have autonomy and freedom of religion.

    But America has been since her inception a mixed bag of contradictions just like each of us. She is guided by universal principles yet all to often falling victim to human frailties, creating two Americas, one of discrimination and one of freedom. While holding Africans in bondage proclaiming, “.....all men are created equal”. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr reminds us, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” and the moral arc of America long and it bends toward freedom.

    Fredrick Douglas in his damning yet hopeful critique delivered on July 5th, 1852 in Rochester, NY ‘The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro’. Douglas reminds us of the contradictions between the ideals and the reality of The Republic. Although, the toll of enslavement on the African remains unmeasured, slavery is over.

    As a descendant of enslaved Africans, many of whom were Muslim, I recall that in over two hundred years of slavery Islam was systematically removed from my people until emancipation in1865. In the post Malcolm X era (1965); after one hundred years of freedom, Islam is among the fastest growing traditional religions in America. Faith flourishes in freedom.

    Looking from time of her conception with all of her noble ideals and imperfections as an American Muslim I see hope in America. Yet our nation like the soul of man, can be the worst of creatures and those who have faith and follow it with deeds of righteousness they are the best of creatures (Quran 98:7)

    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمْ خَيْرُ الْبَر


    America remains a land where people can reinvent themselves. With all of her contractions then and now she remains the greatest nation on earth, not because of her wealth, military might or technological achievements but because of her universal embrace of freedom.


    Happy Birthday America - Keep on growing.

    You’re not getting older you’re getting better!


    Imam Johari Abdul-Malik is the Director of Outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

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    Muslims also has black African Muslim and non-Muslim slaves and Muslims bought and sold Muslim slaves.
     
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    So what is your point?

    Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned, bought and sold slaves.

    But should be remembered as two of our Founding Fathers on this 4th of July

    Not as slave traders
     
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    happy 4th sunni...have a great one!
     
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    Sunni Man likes being the whipping boy. Not sure if that's good or bad. So, what's Christmas mean to a Muslim? Or Arbor day, or Guy Fawkes day? Common boy-o. Ya got all the answers we could ever want from a Muslim. Well, except for all those pesky ones, those nagging little tiny ones. Ones I won't bother with. Well, how about this: What separates Islam from all the other religious fantasies we human beings indulge in? Pure imaginative FICTION. Makes beautiful imagery, ever so evocative. A beautiful lie is preferable to an ugly truth. “There is no god but god.” They got the first part right.
     
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    Happy Fourth of July to you Bones

    Got the grill cleaned up and ready for BBQ

    ( Beef only, no pork ) :eusa_angel:
     
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    If you quit whining about your ethnic origin Sunny you might appreciate America more. Every nation in the world has been enslaved at one time or another. Muslems sold Black natives to white slave traders. The English starved the Irish during the potato famine and when the poor starved wretches arrived in America they drafted them into the army to be used as cannon fodder. Muslems need to address the tyranny of modern Shria law and the carnage of the jihad before they start lecturing about freedom on the 4th of July.
     
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    Who gives a fuck?
     
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    What ethnic origin do you think that I represent?

    As an American citizen it is my right and freedom to talk about 4 July.

    And to celebrate it or critique it as I see fit. :cool:
     
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    You got a right to say it and I got a right to say you are full of crap.
     

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