As the former Republican candidate for California’s 52nd congressional district, Omar Qudrat declared, “Radical Islamic terrorism is a real threat to our nation.”
On Monday, November 11th, 2019, the Afghan American veteran published an op-ed in Fox News that speaks to the new legions of American Muslims joining the United States Armed Forces. Qudrat also points to a legacy of American Muslims who served in military service dating back to the Revolutionary War. That legacy carried through to the Civil War and up to the present day.
As Omar Qudrat describes, today Muslims continue to serve the United States, and yet they also:
- Face anti-Muslim bigotry as Pew research shows that over half of Americans have never met a Muslim
- Have their history over-shadowed by radical Islam
- “Lack a positive alternative in the form of a prominent national platform to plug into the national discourse”
Who is Omar Qudrat?
Qudrat is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2010, he joined the U.S. Department of Defense as a prosecutor in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions, bringing suits against alleged terrorists.
For a time, he was detailed to the State Department, where he developed foreign prosecutions of Guantanamo Bay detainees and negotiated security agreements with foreign nations. Omar Qudrat later served for the U.S. government in Afghanistan as a special adviser to the NATO ambassador and helped re-establish the country’s judiciary.
Qudrat has gone on the record saying,
“There is a multi-component effort to try to undermine and destroy the United States and its allies. That includes organizations [like CAIR] that hold themselves out as advocacy groups … that try to use our own laws against ourselves and weaponize our Constitution against itself.”
On sharia law, Omar Qudrat holds,
“I am against sharia law. It is unconstitutional, period. It has no place in the United States. It has no place anywhere in the world.”
Omar Qudrat is part of the league of American Muslims who put citizenship above the politicization of faith. We need more Muslims like him, and we need to support those like him willing to put themselves on the frontlines in challenging the Islamist machine.