Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. elections represents a hope for many progressive Muslims around the globe that adherents to Islamic extremist groups from Islamic State to the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami will get some resistance both to their abhorrent activities and their mindset.
The Muslim Brotherhood and Western liberal parties’ alliances have left Islamists forces unleashed on liberal and progressive Muslims.
We are unfortunately experiencing this kind of alliance in Canada, too, where some members of parliament, who are silent supporters of the Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami, are threatening and harassing journalists who oppose their Brotherhood ideologies. Sadly, our Liberal government doesn’t seem to consider these threats to our own core values.
Given this such situation, liberal and progressive Muslims have no choice but to align themselves with the conservative parties that at least denounce honor killings, sharia law, gender inequality and concealing one’s identity through the wearing of a niqab.
President-elect Trump used rough and tough language regarding Muslims during his election campaign. Many in the liberal media and Muslim organizations tried their best to create a backlash, but he survived and won the election in a landslide victory in the Electoral College.
Let’s examine what he actually said in his most infamous election campaign speech regarding banning Muslims. From a press release issued by Trump:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.”
Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension.”
Trump was simply presenting research findings by Pew Research and The Center for Security Policy.
As a Muslim-born person and a practicing journalist for over 30 years within a number of Muslim communities, I see more underlying hatred within the Muslim diaspora against each other’s sects as well as towards non-Muslims than described by Pew Research and The Center for Security Policy.
Liberals and my fellow Muslims! Let’s understand and accept the facts.
Being beneficiary to each other in terms of Muslim vote banks for liberals and “Muslims’ privileges” from liberals is not the deal at all.
Together, we are ruining the liberal pillars of democracy.
President-elect Trump raised a vital question during his election campaign: Where does this hatred comes from?
In my humble opinion, this hatred comes from the mindset of Political Islam as espoused by the teachings of the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaat-e-Islami and Hizb-ut-Tahrir and the like.
These groups are the ideological forefathers of Islamic State, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, etc.
The sooner we acknowledge this fact, the sooner we will be able to recognize the clandestine players of Political Islam active within our own political system and its policies.
Sadly, Political Islamists in our major mosques and other Islamic establishments are maneuvering ordinary Muslims’ sentiments against Western societies.
Until these mosques and organizations in the USA, Canada and elsewhere denounce violent jihad, sharia law, gender inequality, intolerance, the mixing of religion in politics and Political Islam itself, Muslims won’t be able to integrate in modern societies.
Rather than cursing President-elect Trump, the mosque establishment in the U.S. needs to sit with the new government and provide assurances about modernizing their institutions and communities.
Tahir Gora is a Pakistani and the Director of the Canadian Thinkers’ Forum, a member of the Coalition of Progressive Muslim Canadian Organizations. He can be followed on Twitter at Twitter.com/TahirGora.