Just like last year, Philadelphia Muslims took to the streets to celebrate “Islamic heritage”. Just like last year, they played the Islamic victim card.
Islamic heritage celebrated at Philadelphia festival
By Stacey Burling
Inquirer Staff Writer
As parades go, this one was small, but participants saw it as a way to make a statement about a big problem: prejudice against American Muslims. They wanted to make the point – quietly – that Muslims are not a threat. Nor are they foreigners, in an area where many Muslims are African Americans.
Is that so? The following message from the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, located at 1501 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, doesn’t sound so friendly.
Aqsa Islamic Society has been established to maintain the ‘Islamic Identity’ and to protect the Muslim people, the children and students alike for generations to come from the adversities of the surrounding non-Islamic environments. This effort is fulfilled through many services the Society presents to the Muslim and Arab communities in the Philadelphia area.
About 100 representatives of Muslim organizations, ranging from a Boy Scout troop to the Moorish Science Temple of America to the Muslim American Veterans Association, gathered outside the Independence Visitor Center to start a gray, muggy day of festivities at the 19th annual Islamic Heritage Festival and Parade at Penn’s Landing.
The marchers said they saw the parade as a way to combat the fear of Muslim terrorism with a message of peace, patriotism, and assimilation. “The principles that govern this nation are already principles that are adhered to in our faith,” said Abdul Rahim-Muhammad, the primary organizer of the event for the ICPIC New Africa Center. “We don’t see a conflict.”
Either Abudl does not know Islam, or he is trying to IslamoCON us. Sorry Abdul, that doesn’t fly here. Fact is that Islam and the US Constitution contradict.
The Koran does not grant equal freedom to other religions.
YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
The 8th Amendment guarantees that punishments will be fair, and not cruel, and that extraordinarily large fines will not be set.
Excuse me Abdul, but this sounds pretty cruel to me.
YUSUFALI: As to the thief, Male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from Allah, for their crime: and Allah is Exalted in power.
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the entire United States. Well, the Koran clearly advocates slavery.
YUSUFALI: Never should a believer kill a believer; but (If it so happens) by mistake, (Compensation is due): If one (so) kills a believer, it is ordained that he should free a believing slave, and pay compensation to the deceased’s family, unless they remit it freely. If the deceased belonged to a people at war with you, and he was a believer, the freeing of a believing slave (Is enough). If he belonged to a people with whom ye have treaty of Mutual alliance, compensation should be paid to his family, and a believing slave be freed. For those who find this beyond their means, (is prescribed) a fast for two months running: by way of repentance to Allah: for Allah hath all knowledge and all wisdom.
I see plenty of “conflict”.
Like others involved in the event, he was worried that Americans associate Islam with terrorism. It also concerns him that many see Islam as a foreign faith when African Americans are among the dominant adherents in this country. Rahim-Muhammad, 60, is the son and grandson of American-born Muslims.
The Americans that associate Islam with terrorism, are the Americans who actually have some knowledge on the issue.
Koran verse 008.060
YUSUFALI:Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.
In U.S. cities, African Americans account for about two-thirds of Muslims, said Khalid Blankinship, a Temple University expert on Islam who embraced the religion in 1973. He said most Muslims, regardless of ethnicity, shared the same Sunni doctrine.
He estimated that there were 100 mosques in the Philadelphia area and 60,000 Muslims. Between 2 percent and 4 percent of African Americans are Muslims, while the percentage is much lower for European Americans.
“America is not going to become Muslim overnight,” Blankinship said. “It’s just not going to happen.”
I don’t recall anyone saying it would happen overnight. But I do not see you saying it will not happen, or saying you do not want a United Sharia of America.
Rahim-Muhammad said many African Americans had come to Islam through social movements, particularly in the 1960s. As many as 40 percent of the slaves brought to this country came from Islamic countries, he said, so embracing Islam was seen as a way of connecting with ancestors’ preslavery roots.
He said his goal for the day was to “spread the gospel of love.” Islam, he said, “is the religion of peace and not destruction. We hope to clear that up today to the best that we can.”
This does not sound too peaceful to me.
Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 80:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Verse:–“You (true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind.” means, the best of peoples for the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till they embrace Islam.
This sounds pretty destructive to me. Although you mind find it a good thing.
Muslim Hadith Book 019, Number 4366:
It has been narrated by ‘Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.
BTW, Islamic scholars Bukhari and Muslim are supported by Sunni across the world.
Members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community wore T-shirts that said, “Muslims for Peace.” Meujeed Chaudhary, the group’s president, said terrorism had “no foundation in Islam.” He added that “America is a free country, and that is a fantastic thing for Muslims who are living in America.”
Tell that to Mohammad.
Bukhari Hadith Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them).
Of course Muslims love the freedom here. They use it against America to advance Islam. For the record, I have never seen an Ahmadiyya Muslim condemn Sharia Law.
Sameeh Ali, a Willingboro Vietnam War veteran who leads the Muslim American Veterans Association, said his group had come to the event for the first time this year “just to show America who we are and what we stood for.” The organization, which was started in 1997 by a Korean War veteran who was a prisoner of war for two years, has 36 posts throughout the country. “Muslims have fought in every war that America has fought in, including the war of independence,” he said.
Muslims who were supposedly on the side of America, have turned on U.S. troops. They should not be allowed to serve. It is not worth the risk.