The real esatate property tycoon Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims from immigrating to or visiting the US. His words have caused a ripple of shock all over the world because he says that while on a campaign to win American presidency, one of the most powerful office in the world.
Donald Trump’s words may be politically motivated to get him votes from conservative Americans, but it doesn’t mean that it is any less dangerous. As a presidential candidatate, it is in his favour for his name and face to be splashed across the headlines in America but what about the rest of the world?
Besides that ban, his proposals targetting Muslims include closing down some American mosques and monitor the rest. He’s played around with the idea of requiring all American Muslims to register in a database.
The ripple effect his words are causing are showing some danger to Muslims all over the world, not just in America. Non Americans need to care about his words for the following reasons:
1. If he gains enough votes he will win the seat of one of the most powerful office in the world.
His plans, although may not be practical, are dangerous. There a lot of Muslim students and businessmen going in and out of the US and their safety is being challenged right now. How would this affect the already worsening global economy in the coming years?
He already has the support of some from China. His stance on Muslim immigration drew several hundred favorable comments on China’s Twitter-like social media site, Weibo, where supporters linked his idea to their own fears of the Uighurs, a minority Muslim group in China’s northwestern region, some of whom have resorted to militancy and violence.
2. Trump is tapping into a real deep-seated feelings of Islamophobia in the US, legitimising it and spurring it on further.
The only reason why Trump’s claims are being talked about a lot is because Americans are feeling scared of their safety when it comes to immigrants and national security, especially because it seems that ISIS, or ISIL, is able to spread terror even from within communities.
In November, a group of European-born Muslims affiliated with ISIS set off a series of attacks around Paris, killing more than 130 people. Then in December, two Muslim Americans killed 14 people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. One of those attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook, was born in America. The other, his wife Tashfeen Malik, was born abroad but came to the US to marry Farook. The FBI’s investigation after the attacks has confirmed that both of them were “radicalized” and may have pledged allegiance to ISIS before their deaths.
A survey from the Public Religion Research Institute in September 2015 found that a majority — 56 percent — of Americans think Islam is “at odds with American values and way of life,” up from 47 percent in 2011.
The fear is more widespread now, and more intensely felt, even more than the immediate aftermath of 9/11. This is even more reasons for moderate Muslims to show strong disagreements towards ISIL- they are messing up with the lives of Muslims in minority communities.
3. For Muslims, as brothers and sisters in Islam, we feel dread for how our brothers and sisters in Islams should be feeling right now and their immediate future.
Donald Trump would not be attracting a plurality of support among primary voters as a presidential candidate if he weren’t saying things many Americans believe. It might be unconstitutional to turn those beliefs into government policy, but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous to American Muslims who could be the victims of emboldened Islamophobic violence.
This is just one more thing to add on our list of daily prayers, together with our prayers, and dua’s for those who are in pain in Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Rohingya and all over the world.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that one Muslim’s pain would afflict all of the Ummah.
الْمُسْلِمُونَ كَرَجُلٍ وَاحِدٍ إِنِ اشْتَكَى عَيْنُهُ اشْتَكَى كُلُّهُ وَإِنِ اشْتَكَى رَأْسُهُ اشْتَكَى كُلُّهُ
The Muslims are like one man, if his eyes complains then the whole of him complains, and if his head complains then the whole of him complains.
However it’s good to know there are many influential Americans out there who are in support for Muslims.
1. JK Rowling likened Donald Trump to Voldemort. And all her followers trumped her on it (pun intended).
— Decider (@decider) December 8, 2015
— Clint Hayden (@SpiderMonkey30s) December 8, 2015
— @midnight (@midnight) December 8, 2015
2. Hillary Clinton, frontrunner for Democratic presidential nomination has said that Mr Trump has gone way overboard with these comments.
Appearing on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination said Mr Trump had overstepped the mark with his latest comments.
You know, I have to say, Seth, I no longer think he is funny.
I think for weeks you and everybody else were just bringing folks to hysterical laughter, but now he has gone way over the line.
And what he is saying now is not only shameful and wrong, it is dangerous.
3. David Cameron, Prime Ministed of who calls himself a friend of Trump, also thinks that Trump is playing right into the hands of ISIS by doing this, and says he’s crossed the line.
5. Yesterday, there were activists in front of Trump’s hotel in New York City condemning him. More protests are happening to stop Trump from even speaking in the Americans’ states.
Trump protest outside the future Trump International Hotel in DC. Signs read Trump is the face of fascism pic.twitter.com/QBQOWYXckE
— Dave Lawler (@Dave_M_Lawler) December 10, 2015
— CODEPINK (@codepink) December 11, 2015
Props to all who participated in the inside & outside protest! It worked! Trump's hate rally cut short! https://t.co/yAuAySxCwN
— Rebecca Cerese (@rcerese) December 5, 2015
Eighteen-year-old Catherine Marcoullier from York High School chose to be more inventive. Standing with some of her school friends she holds a handwritten sign that reads: “Trump, Muslims didn’t invent shampoo for your sad excuse hair.”
“I started thinking about all the things that Muslims have invented,” she said. “I found out that a form of shampoo was first invented in an Islamic country several centuries ago. In Saudi Arabia.”
— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) December 10, 2015
I hope Muslim countries know < 10% of us think Trump's sane, and the others are furiously trying to remove that 10% from our Facebook feeds.
— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) December 7, 2015
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