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« on: Mar 26, 2008 08:33 PM »


CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD AMERICANS?



Dear Seekers of Truth,

I hope you will take a moment to read my response to an e-mail
regarding Islam and Senator Obama that is currently circulating
on the Internet.  Thank you for taking the time to learn the
truth.



"    This is very interesting and we all need to read it from
start to
      Finish......... and send it on to anyone who will read it"


I hope you will take the time to read the Quran for yourself;
here are the first verses that were revealed:

096.001 Read!  In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who
created- Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood:
Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful, He Who taught (the use
of) the pen, Taught man that which he knew not.




"      Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and
not speaking
      out about any atrocities."


Islam teaches about the afterlife, and that all people will be
held accountable in front of God.  All injustices will be tried
in God's Court.  As Muslims, we keep patient for the hereafter
and God's justice.



"      Can a good Muslim be a good American?"

Islam teaches people to believe in the afterlife, and to have
good morals and family values, and to be kind to others.  That
was Prophet Muhammad's character, peace be upon him.  Perhaps
this is why many Americans are choosing Islam as a way of life
and as a source of spiritual guidance.


"      This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in
Saudi Arabia
      for 20 years."


If Saudi Arabia is such a bad place, why did your friend choose
to live there for 20 years?  I know many Americans who work in
Saudi Arabia and enjoy the hospitality and generosity of the
people there very much.



"      The following is his reply:

      Theologically - no. . . . Because his allegiance is to
Allah, The
      moon God of Arabia ."


There is only One God of the universe, the God of Abraham, the
One who created all of us, and unto Whom we shall return.  The
word 'Allah' is derived from the same root as 'Eloh' in Aramaic,
which simply means 'God'.  Muslims believe in the God of Abraham,
Moses, and Jesus.



     " Religiously - no. . . . Because no other religion is
accepted by His
      Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256) (Koran)"


This verse is not in the Quran.  Here is verse (2:256) from the
Quran:

002.256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out
Clear from Error: whoever rejects Evil and believes in God hath
grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And
God heareth and knoweth all things.



"      Scripturally - no. . . Because his allegiance is to the
five Pil lars
      of Islam and the Quran."

The main teachings of Islam are to believe in:

1. God, there is only one God

2. His angels, such as Gabriel, the angel who brings revelation

3. His Books, such as the Torah, Gospel, and Quran, in their pure
unadulterated forms.

4. His Prophets, such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and
Muhammad, peace be upon them all.


5. The Day of Judgment and the afterlife, since we must all
depart from this world.  God will establish perfect justice in
the afterlife.
 
6. Destiny, that all things happen for a reason.



"      Geographically - no . Because his allegiance is to Mecca ,
to which
      he turns in prayer five times a day."


The earth belongs to God.  We are only guests here.  Islam
teaches us that our ultimate aim is for the afterlife, and that
this world is perishing.  Our goal is to come to God in the
afterlife with pure hearts.



"      Socially - no. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids
him To
      make friends with Christians or Jews."


The companions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him,
sought refuge with a righteous Christian king in Ethiopia, and
lived peacefully there for many years.  The Prophet married a
Jewish woman named Jawairia.  The Quran refers to Christians and
Jews as 'People of the Book', a benediction that indicates they
are also nations based on Divine revelation.



"      Politically - no. . . Because he must submit to the
mullahs
      (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and
destruction
      of America , the great Satan."


Islam teaches us to keep patient for the afterlife, and seek
God's justice.  It is not for us to punish, and seek greatness on
the earth.  God will hold all people accountable in the
afterlife.  There is no clergy in Islam.  People are given
honor by virtue of their knowledge alone.  Muslims follow the
people of knowledge, not those who speak out of whims and
desires.



     " Domestically - no. . . Because he is instructed to marry
four Women
      and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran
4:34)"


Islam honors women; she is not an object of lust to be exploited
by society for sexual gratification.  Men and women are
spiritually equal and have complementary roles in Islam.  Islam
teaches compassion between the sexes, and they are not seen as
competitors in a gender battle.  The Quran teaches: "The most
honorable of you with God is the one with the most piety."

Most Muslim men have only one wife, and rates of divorce are much
lower in Muslim society than in the West.  More people commit
adultery in Western societies than people who marry more than one
wife in Muslim countries.  The hijab that Muslim women wear is to
promote purity in society and prevent her from being molested by
criminals, and it is akin to the veil worn by the virgin Mary,
may peace be upon her.



"      Intellectually - no. . . Because he cannot accept the
American
      Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and
he
      believes the Bible to be corrupt.  "


Islam encourages Muslims to strive for the afterlife and live by
the law of the land.  God sent His revelation to humanity to
guide them and benefit them and make things easy.  We accept what
He revealed, but we do not agree that everything attributed to
Him is always so.  Many religious leaders of the past changed the
revelation for a small worldy gain.  This is not acceptable.  We
need to listen to the callers to truth and put our material
interests aside.



      "Philosophically - no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the
Quran does not
      allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and
Islam cannot
      co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or
      autocratic."


Islam came to make things easy for the people.  Guidance is clear
for those who seek the truth and desire the success of the
afterlife.  We make mistakes, but God is oft-forgiving.  Islam
teaches that everyone is free to choose his religion, but this
practice should be balanced with the right of society to be free
from harmful conduct.  Thus the rights of the individual are
balanced with the rights of society.  In the afterlife,
individuals will be judged by their good intentions and how much
effort they made to adhere to the truth.



"      Spiritually - no. . . . Because when we declare 'one
nation under
      God,' the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah
is NEVER
      referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love
in The
      Quran's 99 excellent names.  "


There is only One God of the universe.   The declaration,
"In the Name of God, Most Loving, Most Merciful"
appears 114 times in the Quran.  Muslims are taught to deal kindly and justly with their
neighbors, and to love for others what they love for themselves.
In fact, one of God's names in Islam is 'The Loving.' 
To read more about God's most beautiful names, click here:
http://www.jannah.org/articles/names.html




"      Therefore after much study and deliberation.... Perhaps we
should be
      very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. - - - They
obviously
      cannot be both 'good' Muslims and good Americans."

In the afterlife, all people will be judged in front of God, the
Most Merciful.  If someone is filled with hate and rejects the
truth, and does not want to learn, he only does that to his own
detriment.



" The religious war is bigger than we know or
      understand. . ...
      And Barack Hussein Obama, a Muslim, wants to be our
President? You
      have GOT to be kidding!"


All of the leaders will be accountable in front of God, in the
afterlife.  They should bear in mind that they cannot escape
death.  Search the earth for the kings of the past nations. 
Where are they now?



     " Obama even says if he wins the election, he will be sworn
in on the
      Quran---not a Bible."


Perhaps this person is confused with Obama's ancestors, who were
Muslim.  To learn more about the Quran, click here:
http://www.jannah.org/qurantrans/

Those who seek out the truth, and turn to God for guidance, He
will purify them, and grant them success and happiness in the
afterlife, eternal bliss in the highest abode.


I pray that all good Americans will search for the truth.


May peace be on the followers of guidance.




And Allah knows best.


Shaykh Abdurahman

Be merciful to those on earth, and the One in the Heavens will be merciful to you.
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