Aslam Abdullah: Kill Us, Too: We Are Also Americans
Last week, over at Human Events, I wrote a column called, “Moderate Muslims: Speak Up or Get Lumped In with Islamo-Fascists.”
If you want to read a great example of the sort of speaking up that I was hoping more Muslims would do, take a look at what the director of the Islamic Society of Nevada, Aslam Abdullah, had to say in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Here’s a little sample:
“The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, recently issued a decree to its supporters: Kill at least one American in the next two weeks “using a sniper rifle, explosive or whatever the battle may require.”
Well, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, I am an American too. Count me as the one of those you have asked your supporters to kill.
…You say that the word of God is the highest. Yes, it is. But you are not worthy of it. You have abandoned God and you have started worshipping your own satanic egos that rejoice at the killing of innocent people. You don’t represent Muslims or, for that matter, any decent human being who believes in the sanctity of life. Many among us American Muslims have differences with our administration on domestic and foreign issues, just like many other Americans do. But the plurality of opinions does not mean that we deprive ourselves of the civility that God demands from us. America is our home and will always be our home. Its interests are ours, and its people are ours. When you talk of killing of Americans, you first have to kill 6 million or so Muslims who will stand for every American’s right to live and enjoy the life as commanded by God.”
The hostility level towards Muslims in the US has regrettably risen since 9/11 and that’s because a lot of non-Muslims have been unsure of the answer to a very simple question: “Are most Muslims in this country really sympathetic to us or to their co-religionists?”
Every time a Muslim like Aslam Abdullah answers the question in a public way, so definitively, it reassures people of where Muslims in the US really stand — and that’s a good thing.