This is a conversation that needs to happen in America's growing Muslim community, immigrant Muslims, born American Muslims, and reverts alike. If Muslims in America take a look around, it is not difficult to see all of the ills that could be ameliorated with Islam (Sunni. Let's not waste words on N.O.I.). The ridiculous gap between rich and poor. The devastating condition of Blackamericans, which is literally getting worse by the day. The degrading treatment of migrant workers in the Southwest. The demise of the family unit. The erosion of social and moral values.
Will it be easy to encourage the growth of real Islam, not the perverted attempts of the past, in America? Obviously not. It will be incredibly difficult, even in the most diverse urban centers. In the rural parts of the country it will be nearly impossible. But it has to happen. The foundations of the nation are trembling from the stress of decades of consumerism and imperialism. Eventually, the foundations will crack under the weight of a government that is growing heavy with power. And when it goes, it's going to fall on the heads of the poor, marginalized, and underrepresented citizens of the country. I think we should take time to reflect on what our beloved Prophet (PBUH) might want us to do. How would the First Muslims (May Allah Be Pleased With Them) have responded to such a predicament? We have to ask ourselves these questions, and look to history, the political and social legacy of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (May Allah Be Pleased With Them), and the Prophet's (PBUH) excellent example.
Please, let's use these clips as a conversation starter:
*Please, constructive remarks only. There are hundreds of other threads for bickering and insults.