Muslims and the Western world
It is important for Muslims, who live in the west, must always be conscious of one of the main principles of Islam that is to honour agreements, and to return goodness with goodness, as it is stated in 16:19 of the Holy Quran:
“16:91 And be true to your bond with God whenever you bind yourselves by a pledge, and do not break [your] oaths after having [freely] confirmed them and having called upon God to be witness to your good faith: behold, God knows all that you do. “
“وَأَوْفُواْ بِعَهْدِ اللّهِ إِذَا عَاهَدتُّمْ وَلاَ تَنقُضُواْ الأَيْمَانَ بَعْدَ تَوْكِيدِهَا وَقَدْ جَعَلْتُمُ اللّهَ عَلَيْكُمْ كَفِيلاً إِنَّ اللّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا تَفْعَلُونَ “
According to the famous Muslim Quran commentator Al-Razi, he states that “every pledge given by man to man represents, in its essence, a pledge to God.”
Many Muslims in the west do not seem to fully understand their obligations towards the non-Muslim society where they chose to be part of. One of the reasons, in my opinion, for this kind of thinking is because they think or they are made to think by their deviated religious authorities, that this is not their promised land rather they are only here for economical reasons. Therefore, there is no need to treat this non Muslim western land as their land, So that they participate in the progress of this society. Consequently the Muslim individual, in the west, would feel confused and not knowing how to assimilate into the western society. He or she will create a psychological barrier which would prevent him or her from feeling the sense of belonging. Such type of thinking will further develop into detachment from his society. No more common goal or interest, which connects him with his society’s members. Such people often become very susceptible to radicalism and extremism. If he falls in the hands of extremist religious leader, he will most likely turn into an extremist and the rest you know.
On the other hand the majority of Muslims living in the west are law abiding citizens and really cherish their being in the west. They deplore the radical form of Islam and have tried making their voices heard, but unfortunately we need to do more in this regard. In addition, these moderate Muslims, have also expressed themselves peacefully against some bad western policies toward the Middle east or any other part of this world, which I believe it is within their rights to do so; such rights are guaranteed by the same constitution that they have sworn to protect.
I believe Muslims in the west must develop a different approach regarding their place and role toward the western society which have embraced them. When Muslims choose new home and migrate to non- Muslim land, they enter a binding agreement with the government of non-Muslim land.
It is known that when becoming a citizen of a country the applicant must give an oath of commitment and must swear solemnly on his or her symbols of belief, such as the holy Bible, the Holy Quran, etc… and if they become citizen of any country he or she must enter into a binding covenant with the government and he or she must honor this agreement at all given times. There is no room for sabotage or undermining this agreement. The essence of this agreement is to uphold the constitution and preserve the peace and security of the land. This agreement is ought to be treated as divine according to our Islamic obligations and it is a Quranic principle as shown in the above verse 16:91.
Unfortunately some Muslims in the west do not seem to adhere to this Islamic obligation toward the society which embraces them. They allow themselves to be enslaved by these perverted religious Muslim extremists and follow their wishes but not the wishes of their religion. They develop hate towards their non-Muslims society’s members. This hate will develop into committing murder in the name of Islam under a various pretexts and excuses, such as the western polices toward Muslims, occupations of Muslim lands, or whatever the reason might be. Non of those reasons really should justify betrayal of the trust and the vow which they gave upon their becoming citizen. This vow , by necessity extends to their offspring who are or will be born into the non Muslim land. Hence, there is no justification for revenge, murdering civilians and attacking civilian targets, for Islam dose not command such actions. They conspire against the land and its people which were good to them. Unfortunately the majority of Muslims in the west are under the illusion that these terrorist activities which are committed by Muslims in the West, to name few-the 911 attack, and the most recently “the Boston marathon bombings” and “the Woolwich, meat cleaver, murder in London”, are justified because of the evil policies of the Western powers towards the Muslims world. I have heard these claims by most if not all Muslims whether on a personal level or via the Media. I say to these negative sentiment which possess the Muslim mind, that if you truly believe in these sentiments and sincerely sympathize with the Western injustices against the Muslim people and you feel strongly to do something about it. And you are convinced that the only way to fight on behalf of the oppressed Muslims, is to resort to violent methods in response to the injustices committed by the Western powers. Then no need to conspire or betray the trust, the solution is very simple, and that is gather your legal papers, entrance visa, landed immigrant, citizenship, etc.. and pack your belongings and go to the immigration office and surrender your legal paper to the authorities and tell them ” I can no longer honor my stay in this land because your government is committing injustice against my Muslim brothers!! And therefore I am breaking my vow which I gave upon becoming citizen.” Then leave the western country and go to any Muslim land to join your Muslim brothers!! and fight the West. This way you will not compromise your Muslim values and break your Muslim vow which was given upon becoming citizen of a non Muslim country.
I believe it is incumbent upon all Muslims who live in the west should honour their obligation to keep the peace and security and preserve the integrity of society. We must develop the sense of belonging to the western Land, for there is no such thing of Muslim land. Every land is the land of God. Embrace the land that embraces you. Imam Ali said that “the land which does not carry you abandon it”. If your rights, dignity and sustenance are maintained and provided by the land you live in then cherish it and protect it, for it is a basic moral and human obligation. No one can advice otherwise; no parents or any religious leader can advice otherwise. The holy Quran orders Muslims to return goodness with goodness as it is stated in Chapter 55:60:
“55:60 Could the reward of good be aught but good? “
هَلْ جَزَاء الْإِحْسَانِ إِلَّا الْإِحْسَانُ (55:60
Muslims in the west must not betray the trust which was given to them by the western Societies. All Muslims live in the west are in fair conditions and their rights are being preserved, in comparison to that of their native land. There is no other option in this equation of goodness but to return goodness, done to us, by goodness; in preserving the trust; in protecting peace, stability, and integrity of society. In doing that , in essence we are protecting our own integrity; our own peace; our own future, for we share the same land with them.
I leave you at this note until next time