American Muslims and the Question of Loyalty
Today is the fifth of November, 2009, and the hot news that is circulating the American and international media comes from Texas. An American officer of Palestinian Islamic heritage opened fire on his American officers’ colleagues in Ft. Hood, killing at least thirteen and injuring thirty while he was crying “Allaho Akbar” (God is great). A guard at the camp shot him four times to stop him; otherwise the causalities could have been greater.
The details are still coming out but from what we know so far, the name of the attacker is Major Nidal Malik Hasan; he works as a psychiatrist in the armed forces. He volunteered to join the military and was educated at the expense of the American military until finishing medical school and specializing in psychiatry. As for the motive behind the crime, it is believed to being upset after receiving orders to get prepared to go to Afghanistan to join the American forces already there fighting Al Qaeda and Taliban.
This is not the first time when an American Muslim soldier turns his gun towards his mates. There is a long list of similar incidents. As an example, on March 23, 2003, Hassan Akbar killed two of his colleagues: Captain Christopher Seifert and Major Gregory Stone, and 14 other soldiers while they were fighting in Iraq.
This is not a justification to make a blanket statement condemning all American Muslims as being disloyal to America. The United States is home to an estimated three to six million Muslims. Many of them immigrated to the United States fleeing persecution in their Muslim mother countries. The United States accepted them and offered them a safe haven. There is no doubt that the majority of American Muslims is peaceful, productive and law abiding citizens. They pay their taxes and do their fair share in contributing to the prosperity of this country.
But these repeated incidents of betrayal within the military, in addition to other terrorist attacks committed by Muslims, and the attacks that were foiled by our home security forces, as well as the possibility of more acts committed by sleeping cells; all these force Americans to explore the roots behind it. Certainly, there must be a religious ideology that pushes these Muslim fundamentalist zealous to act against the very country that hosted them and extended to them a helping hand.
For sure, those who adopt this line of thinking believe that they owe a loyalty only to Islam. Being loyal to the country that they hold its citizenship carries no weight at all to them. America to them is an infidel country with a majority of non-Muslims population, mostly Christians and Jews. Also, America to them is the country that is currently engaged in fighting Muslim countries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Muslim principals oblige Muslims not to kill another Muslim under any circumstances. In addition, Islam orders Muslims to support their Muslim brothers whether justly or otherwise. Nidal, himself, was quoted as saying that he is a Muslim first and an American second. From the testimony of Imams in the mosques that he frequented, all of them say that he was a good Muslim. Perhaps he was too good of a Muslim to be a good American soldier, as his religion dictates.
Islam has rules regarding all issues of life. One of these issues pertains to immigrating to live among infidels in non-Muslim countries.
Islam divides the world into two camps: the House of Islam and the House of War. The House of Islam is where Muslims live, and the House of War is where non-Muslims live. The Muslims living in the House of Islam are in a constant state of war with non-Muslims living in the House of War until they are defeated and are subjugated to Islam. The general rule is that Muslims are not allowed to live in any place other than the House of Islam. If a Muslim happened to live in a country where the majority is non-Muslim, he/she must leave it to live in an Islamic country. This, unless he is either unable or has a good reason for staying.
These principles are based on what has been mentioned in the Quran, (Sura An Nisa: 97-99)
97. When angels take the souls of those who die in sin against their souls, they say: "In what (plight) Were ye?" They reply: "Weak and oppressed Were we in the earth." They say: "Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to move yourselves away (From evil)?" Such men will find their abode in Hell,- What an evil refuge! -
98. Except those who are (really) weak and oppressed - men, women, and children - who have no means in their power, nor (a guide-post) to their way.
99. For these, there is hope that Allah will forgive: For Allah doth blot out (sins) and forgive again and again.
In The Haddith attributed to Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam says,” I am innocent of any Muslim who resides among the polyesters.”
It is clear that the Muslim is only allowed to live in a non-Muslim country only when there is a good reason to justify it. This is what Muslim scholar Al Kortobgy says, “A Muslim can abandon the necessity to immigrate away from non-Muslim countries only if he lacks the means (money) or the way (transportation) to do so.”
The opinion accepted by most Muslim theologians, is unacceptable for Muslim to continue residing among the infidels unless there is a benefit to Muslims from it. They cite an evidence for it when Al Abbas decided to stay in Mecca among the polyesters even after Mohammed and his companions decided to immigrate to Medina. The reason was that Al Abbas wanted to stay in Mecca to inform Mohammed of what is taking place there. In other words, he was acting as a spy for Mohammed. Other than that, it is not preferred that a Muslim continues living among infidels for fear he may be influenced by their way of life and may imitate them.
Muslim scholars also warn Muslims of obtaining the citizenship of an infidel country lest they may be forced to join their military and participate in wars against Muslim countries as it is going on now in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These Islamic rules cast doubts on the intentions of fundamentalist Muslims when they insist on residing in a non-Muslim country like America. It should make us question their motive, and whether they have an agenda from staying in America.
America must understand that Islam forbids Muslims from participating in its wars especially against Islamic countries. The strange thing is, while these Muslims are fully aware of that, yet they are the ones who volunteer to join the American army. They probably do so to take advantage of all the benefits that they will gain, such as free education. It has been reported that the cost of educating Nidal amounts to about half a million dollars. Nidal actually volunteered to join the military, and to improve his chances to be accepted, he lied in the application maintaining that he doesn’t have any religious affiliation. Statistics says that there are between ten to twenty thousands Muslims in the United States armed forces. Perhaps they wanted to have the cake and eat it too. They wanted to take advantage of the benefits, while they hope to be lucky enough not to be called on for duty. Catastrophes take place when things don’t go exactly as hoped for.
Walid Shoebat, a Christian converted from Islam, who was once a member of Al Fateh Palestinian terrorist group summed it all when he said, “America needs to be awakened from its sleep and its unwillingness to face the issues of fundamentalist Islam in our midst which is the cause of the tragedy at Ft. Hood.” He added, “Some very serious decisions need to be made when it comes to having Muslims protecting our country, as it is impossible to know whether they maybe honorable or foxes in the hen house.”
The bottom line, since you can not differentiate between who is a fundamentalist Muslim and who is not, America has no choice but; ban all Muslims from its military.