Some Americans reacted in horror to the display of religious bigotry by U.S. Republican presidential candidates Trump and Carson, while others support it. Both have contributed to polluting the minds of Americans with hate-Islam propaganda that convinces the public that Muslims are a threat. This prompted a call to action by prominent American Muslims who met to discuss growing Islamophobia and the need to dispel it through activism, vigilance, and exposure. The team, comprised of TMOA Chief Executive, Honorable Khalifa Hussein Adams, Khalifa Muhammad Khalil, Muhammad Sulaiman Abdur Raheem, Muhammad Matthew Gardner, Faruq Baqi, Muhammad Ahmed Qadree, Sa’id Kareem, and Sayeed Shakir, is calling upon human rights organizations, including the United Nations, to respond to the crisis facing American citizens.
This community has committed no crime against their country to warrant these attacks. In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Carson was asked, “Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?” His reply, “No, I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” Trump stated to the New York Times, “… Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country.” At a September 18 town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Trump nodded as a man in the audience asserted, “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims.” Rather than condemn the statement, Trump continued to listen to the man, “You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American”, the questioner declared. Trump’s response was “Right.” The man ended with, “we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them? ”
Social media platforms confirm the man alluded to the villages where congregations of Muslims associated with TMOA reside. Islamophobes began reposting, retweeting and commenting on source-less theories about the existence of such camps within the properties of TMOA. “I have no doubt Americans will see through this dangerous propaganda. This is not Bosnia, where the government can wage war against its own citizens. It’s irresponsible for any political figure to take the position that any government can simply get rid of millions of people,” said TMOA representative Faruq Baqi. Muslims will vote in record numbers, Baqi predicts, “There are over eight million Muslims in America. We have and will continue to make a difference in the narrative of our own country.”
An FBI Intelligence memo recently made public warned, “Militia extremists are expanding their target sets to include Muslims and Islamic religious institutions in the United States. This has resulted in increased violent rhetoric and plotting, and has the potential to lead to additional harassment of or violence against Muslims by domestic extremists.”
The views of Trump’s supporters is consistent with ‘American Taliban’, Jon Ritzheimer, Martin Mawyer, Pamela Geller, and others – a known gang of Islamophobes who claim patriotism while destroying peace between Muslims and Christians in America. Law enforcement officials have already seen the result of the propagation of such false accusations. The FBI uncovered a threat by Islamophobes themselves who were plotting a terror attack on American soil.
In April 2015, the FBI arrested former U.S. congressional candidate Robert R. Doggart of Tennessee for planning a massacre on Islamberg, a TMOA community. Doggart and nine accomplices, planned to use M4 rifles, explosives, machetes and snipers to burn the mosque and school and killing residents. Doggart too wanted to get “rid” of Muslims. Doggart’s warped view of Muslims is due, in no small part, to Martin Mawyer, President of the Christian Action Network, who has perpetuated the “training camp” myth for more than a decade. Mawyer has mislead Americans by using videos of Kashmiri freedom fighters in foreign lands, but manipulating them with erroneous commentary saying that the images represent Islamberg, when in fact the topography is desert-like, while Islamberg is in the Northeastern United States. Unbeknownst to many Christians, organizations such as CAN are highly funded by non-Christians serving as Zionist front organizations that care nothing about Christianity. Their goal is to bring about a clash between Muslims and Christians by dehumanizing Muslims and maligning the tenets of Islam.
Undoubtedly, Islam has risen – its followers are growing exponentially and within the decade will be a majority. As in any case of persecution, the current majority should endeavor to treat others the way they themselves would like to be treated. TMOA has categorically denied supporting or participating in any extremism in the name of religion. They have matched letter with deed by exposing ISIS as murderers who do not represent Islam. The unique history of its congregation includes a courageous move from the ghettos to rural villages where Islam is practiced in peace and children are raised without the influences of drugs and violence. For years, the TMOA community has cultivated fellowship with Christians through the United Muslim Christian Forum.
America was founded on principles of religious freedom and the laws welcome diversity in faith. Any presidential incumbent must exhibit the qualities needed to uphold those tenets, cultivate peace, and condemn terrorism. Muslim Americans are garnering political strength to select qualified candidates.
TMOA will be holding a day-long conference entitled Contemporary Issues of Religion in America on October 24th, 2015, in Binghamton, NY, to discuss destroying Islamophobia.
Muhammad Matthew Gardner
Public Relations Director
The Muslims of America, Inc.
The Muslims of America, Inc. (TMOA) is an indigenous American Muslim organization founded in 1980 and based in the United States of America. TMOA is dedicated to maintaining Islamic principles to be practiced in both letter and spirit by forming communities focused on love for the Almighty Creator and His Commandments, along with the establishment of long-lasting relationships with our Christian brethren through our interfaith programs.