Can a Good Muslim be a Good American?
Anyone with just a touch of understanding and a dash of
common sense will know the answer to that question immediately. The correct answer of course is “Hell
yes!” The only reason I ask the question
in the first place is because it was posed to me in an e-mail I received
recently. Unfortunately, the meat of the
e-mail was comprised of numerous reasons (from somebody’s “friend in
I think it’s the “understanding” part where we run into the most problems. All many people know – about any subject you can think of – is what they’ve heard (or think they’ve heard) from their parents, teachers, friends and co-workers – and what they’ve heard or seen in the media. Unfortunately, a lot of the time this “information” is incomplete, laced with misconceptions or biased for one reason or another. This also means of course, that an individual’s understanding of an event or concept may be off the mark by at least a little bit. Frequently, by a whole lot.
As a result, we humans often tend to develop skewed opinions, prejudices, biases, hatreds and fears. As we cruise on through life, we feed our misperceptions with additional morsels of information that generally agree with our original opinions. This of course, only tends to further solidify our views and beliefs. We become imprisoned in our own minds with cell mates of our own creation.
(See “Scary Stuff” http://www.nupathz.com/articles/article5.htm for additional info along this line…)
It doesn’t take much thought to understand how an uninformed
mind could develop a mistrust and frequently a
downright fear of Muslims. It sees only
a different society, a different group of people with a religion and customs it
can’t relate to. It hyperlinks the words
“Muslim” and “Islam” to atrocities and terrorist acts not only against the
The uninformed mind will miss (or overlook) the history and beauty of the foundation beliefs of Islam. It will not see the millions of absolutely great men and women – of all nationalities – who are devout followers of the teachings of Muhammad. It will quickly glance past the page title whose contents lists all these people as “Fellow Human Beings”. And it will completely miss the referenced annotation labeled simply as “Love”.
What a pity…
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