Muslim Heroism Means Reforming A Decrepit Faith

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Obama Mosque Visit Muslim Reformers

Source: Boston Globe

Source: The Federalist

Yesterday, at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the audience for President Obama’s speech reflected an Islamist’s vision of today’s Muslim-American community. That setting, promoted by the media and the White House, was meant to teach the American people—and, certainly, the growing number of Muslims in America—what an authentic Muslim looks like. It was a collection of hijab-clad women and long-bearded, severe-faced men.

The choreographed scene didn’t represent American Muslim immigrants like me—reformers, humanists, and critical thinkers—who find no place in Islamist mosques in this country, and are shunned by similarly Islamist pressure groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Choosing to Work with Terrorist Enablers

Obama’s legacy in working with Muslim-American groups has consistently been flawed, with along list of collaborators conflating detrimental narratives that reinforce pity, victimization, and loathing for America as a central and defining theme. His choice of mosque is no different.

The Islamic Society of Baltimore is riddled with direct ties to Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, a political movement designed to further an Islamic agenda through democratic means. ISB’s veteran imam of 18 years, Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

El-Sheikh also co-founded the Muslim American Society, a group that is known to be controlled by the Brotherhood. He was also regional director of the Islamic American Relief Agency, which was found to have directed funds to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and Hamas, among other terrorist organizations. The trail of activity and involvement in an interconnected web of extremist ideologies goes much deeper.

It shouldn’t be surprising that a mosque with terrorist and Muslim Brotherhood ties like the Islamic Society of Baltimore turns out to be one of the more regressive mosques in the United States—forcing female worshipers into subpar, cramped, and gender-segregated prayer areas.

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Category: U.S., ISLAMISM

About the Author (Author Profile)

Shireen Qudosi is a Top 10 North American Muslim Reformer. She founded Qudosi Chronicles shortly after 9-11 when she noticed a widespread failure in honest conversations about Islam. Since it’s launch, Qudosi Chronicles has developed a broad and diverse following that has helped spark Muslim reform. Shireen is half Pakistani, half Afghan and a Sufi American Muslim who feels strongly that Islam is fated for an evolutionary leap in consciousness. And that leap is necessary in order for a global world of people to take the next collective step in advancing human dignity and excellence.

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