Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu,
Much speculation has arisen about the notion that U.S. President Barrack Obama could possibly be a ‘secret Muslim’. This theory has always been around since even before he began running for president, however belief in this theory grew only stronger following his most recent statements concerning the ‘ground zero mosque’ situation stating his support and backing for the mosque. The belief that Obama is actually a ‘secret Muslim’ can be found both within the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. However we must ask, does a statement such as the one made by Obama really make him a Muslim or does it just make him a politician?
The first point we should look at is history. American Presidents, especially in the modern era, have often showed support to Muslims and Muslim organizations if and if only there is a risk of constitutional values, or rather they a risk of America looking very bad in the international spotlight. Bill Clinton while he neglected to provide any real military or other forms of physical support to the Muslims in Bosnia he still remained as very loud voice in the condemnation of the Serbian aggression and genocide against Bosnian Muslims
Ronald Regan who today has become the poster boy of many far right wing conservatives was not only an open vocal supporter to the Taliban and other Muslim groups during their fight against Soviet Russia, but he even sent over government and private agencies to help provide material support in the fight.
Even the second president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson, owned a Qur’an and studied from it while in university and is said to have derived many aspects of law and conduct of war from it.
Now all of this does not mean that they necessarily respected Islam or Muslims in their entirety, as the other actions in their career proved quite well that would harm Muslims just as soon as they would defend them, but it does show that this pattern of ‘love and hate’ is common within U.S. Presidents in their relationship with Islam and Muslims and is a useful diplomatic strategy. Obama is not a ‘secret Muslim’, because the proof for such claims is nothing other than a repetitive diplomatic strategy used by those U.S. Presidents who came before him. Based on this ‘proof’ than Clinton, Regan, Jefferson, and every other president who ever showed support to Muslims must be ‘secret Muslims’ as well.
The second point I want to make is more so a preventive response to the common argument that Obama is a Muslim based on his speech in Cairo in 2009 in which he addressed the Muslim world. Now the speech itself is just as I stated above, a diplomatic effort to keep under control the one group of people and the one belief system that can be an end to American fascism and tyranny, so there is no need to address that aspect of the speech rather only one line needs attention turned to. Within the speech Obama quotes a hadith. For whatever reason this was a shock and awe for Muslims around the world that a human being other than a Muslim would be able to successfully do a little bit of research and quote a hadith. This is not a substantial proof for the claim that Obama is a Muslim, the proof for this is found above when I spoke shortly about Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson not only read the Qur’an, but derived beliefs and ideas from it and incorporated them into what would become the republican wing of American politics. Simply because a person knows a little something about Islam does not make them a Muslim.
My final point and conclusion is that Obama is not a Muslim, just another politician trying to hold a country together as it slowly falls apart. ‘Showing support’ is not a declaration of faith, so until Obama says Ash Hadu ila ilaha il’Allah wa Ash hadu ana Muhammadan ar’RasulAllah (There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is The Messenger of Allah), he remains as a disbeliever. I understand however why so many Muslims would believe this, why so many would want to believe this. We are a people in suffering, a people in need, a people in search of some kind of hope that can lift us out of the darkness of this dunya. However relief from these things will not come from the politicians, but rather through the revival of this deen al-Islam in every aspect of it. So let us begin to focus on that and put aside the theories and speculations, Insha’Allah.
Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu,
Before the beginning of this Ramadhan the Ummah witnesses yet another year of constant debate between those who wish to adhere to and uphold the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) and than those who wish to develop and utilize modern innovated methods in the practice of ‘sighting the moon’ to determine the coming of Ramadhan and the first day of the sacred fast.
Those who adhered to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) upheld the practice of local or regional moon sighting. Where the fast was determined based on the moon sighting done by Muslims within the same particular region or city. The Nur uz Zamaan Institute has written a piece defending this stance and has been available for some time now, it can be read here.
Those who wish to turn to more ‘modern’ methods believe it is possible for the Ummah to begin Ramadhan based on a global moon sighting. Many have boasted at the modernity, ease, simplicity, and benifit of this newly invented practice adopted by some of the Ummah, even those who claim to have ilm. This is why a large number of Muslims in North America began Ramadhan by fasting on August 11th, 2010. This date was not determined by the clear methodology of The Prophet (saw), but through the organization ‘ISNA’ calculating and fixing the date weeks before Ramadhan even began. Not only does this take away from the practice of regional or local moon sighting, but throws aside the practice of sighting the moon at all! As well this practice only further limits and suppresses the abilities of indigenous Muslim Americans excelling at all in their independent practice of Islam without having those overseas, who have very little if not any connection with the community here, dictate how they are to practice their deen. This has long been part of a pattern of suppression and the forcing of Saudi Arabian dates and verdicts upon the indigenous Muslim community when we are an entire ocean away. As if the House of Saud was not pleased enough with having a monopoly upon an entire region, they feel the necessity to expand into the international Ummah.
While the moon may have been possibly sighted in Arabia, as they report it was by Bedouins in Shagrah near Riyadh, was it sighted anywhere here in North America?
Brother Fuad Musa of Chile stated that the Hilaal for Ramadhan was NOT SEEN by the indigenous Muslim communities of Chile nor Argentina. There was even an effort from the Astronomy Department at the University of Chile to assist in sighting the Hilaal, yet nothing was found. The Nur uz Zamaan jamaat had also requested brothers of the jamaat all over the east coast to keep a watchful eye on the 10 of August, yet no one reported a single sighting of the Hilaal. In reality, the only Masjids and communties that began Ramadhan on the 11th in North America where those who have allowed themselves to be governed by a council not only in their community but an entire ocean and continent away as well as allowing organizations like ISNA to abandon the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) in exchange for a more ‘convenient practice’ as they have been for seven years propagating the view that sighting the moon regionally and locally with the naked eye is ‘fard kifyah’, or ‘not required’.
In conclusion we encourage the readers of our blog to seek knowledge and again read the piece written by The Nur uz Zamaan Institute defending the practice of the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) in sighting the moon, it can be read here. You can also partcipate in our online discussion on this serious matter on our forum here.
Finally, the indigenous Muslims of America, and same goes for elsewhere, do not need to rely upon those overseas nor the ‘self proclaimed’ leaders and spokesman for the American Muslim community. We are capable of running our own communities locally, being independent and sufficient in the practice of Islam, and have the ability to uphold the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) and preserve the traditional practices as they have been for 1431 years Insha’Allah ta’alaa Ameen.
Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu,
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Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu, The Nur uz Zamaan Institute cordially invites you to Salaat al Taraweeh for every night during this holy and sacred month of Ramadhan. After Salaat al Isha (9:30 p.m.) join as at Masjid Birr wa Taqwa for Salaat al Taraweeh lead by Hafiz Muhammad Asrim.
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