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Muslim Above All

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Submitted by Barry Kumar (Canada), Jun 27, 2006 at 14:49

Muslims are Muslims Above All Else Most of us owe our allegiances to the country that we are raised in. But for most Muslims, their allegiance lies not to any country or ethnic group, but to Islam above all else. This unique focus, particularly among the Muslim diaspora, is a remarkable source of strength and unity to the Muslim community.

Consequently, Muslims support their fellow Muslims in all their endeavors, including supporting terrorist acts in the countries that they currently live in. Being part of the South Asian communities in both the UK and Canada , I know first hand that the majority of Muslims support or at least sympathize with the jihadists, including those that unleashed terror in London and those that were caught conspiring to commit terrorist acts in Canada.

Most Muslims in the diaspora, including those who have never been to their ancestral homeland, believe that non-Muslim societies are corrupt and immoral -- essentially evil. As a non-Muslim, I too am evil, and any harm done to me in the name of Allah is justified. Muslim groups are quick to argue that Islam is a religion of peace and that Muslims are against terrorism. But this is a self-serving lie, meant to obfuscate the truth. I have witnessed my own community, the Sikh community, fall into the deep chasm of fundamentalism and religious hatred. The Sikh diaspora in Canada, the US, and the UK, is much more radical than the Sikh community in India. The Sikh community in India in general seeks to live in peace with the rest of India and is focused on economic development. The Sikh community in the West, however, strongly supports the creation of Khalistan and supports violence against Hindus, and is committed to a very fundamentalist interpretation of the scriptures. Inexorably, the Muslim diaspora too is headed back into the dark ages as moderates have let the radicals take a stranglehold of the community. This regression is fueled by massive illegal immigration from countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh and fanned by lax immigration laws which allow in thousands of fake refugees from fundamentalist countries each month.

Sadly, I only envision the situation getting much worse as the Muslim diaspora becomes emboldened by the increasing number of successful terrorist attacks in the West and by their rapidly increasing numbers and political clout. Ironically, Muslims in the West are very fortunate to live in societies which value freedom, social justice, and equality. The only fear that most Muslims in the diaspora have is in losing these privileges; privileges that they do not themselves believe in.

Barry Kumar Toronto, Canada

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