In 1992 when I took shahadah there were two mosques in St. Louis and only a couple of places to get halal meat ( one of them being a meat packing house). Today there are almost 20 mosques in the metro area and dozens of places to get halal meat. Sisters wearing hijab in certain areas of the city are a regular site much to the chagrin of those like the bigots Gateway Pundit and Ed Martin.
The growth of Muslims in St. Louis has included sending three Muslims to the Missouri State House. Today Muslims have the ear of Mayor Francis Slay and are a vital part of the lives of St. Louisans. Up to half of the cabbies in St. Louis are Muslim. Muslim doctors can be found at all area hospitals. There are Muslim businesses operating in all sections of the St. Louis region.
Is St. Louis unusual? No, not at all. Rather, instead of St. Louis being a hotbed and a hub for the Muslim community in America. the St. Louis Muslim community is seen as a sleepy backwater. Islam developed in St. Louis late and we are still on the “late show”. The community is growing here; but at a much slower pace than anywhere on the East Coast, Upper Midwest, Atlanta, Carolinas, California, etc.
What is my point? Since 9-11 Islam and Muslims have been under constant attack in America. FOX News and radio talk shows run non-stop anti-Muslim programming trying to whip up a hysteria against the American citizens of America ( along with those on the left such as Bill Maher). Enemies like Robert Spencer, Pam Geller, David Gaubatz, Paul Williams, Daniel Pipes the Christian Action Network and others have made money hyping the “Muslim Threat”. Sellouts have emerged in the Muslim community such as Abdur-Rahman Muhammad who are willing to do the work of the enemies of Islam. Yet, despite all of these Satanic forces Islam has grown in America and Muslims have prospered.
Gaubatz ( and the feds) have sent spies in the mosques. Have promoted fake-conversions.The money of Muslim charities has been seized. Muslims have been targeted in political and judicial witch-hunts. Enemies have paraded dogs outside of a masjid in California, vandalized mosques throughout the country, targeted peace-loving groups in videos, fought the opening of a mosque near the site of the 9-11 hoax in Manhattan, and despite all of that venom Islam is still spreading in America.
The Rev. Terry Jones can hold a ceremony to burn the Quran. It speaks to the evil that is in his heart and the hearts of the klansmen who follow him. Ramadan is a month of prayers being answered I make the prayer for the fire that he uses to burn the Quran to burn him…Ameen. Terry Jones may succeed on that day, or he may be disrupted by the Muslim brothers gathered on that day; but in the long run he is a loser because long after he is gone children will be memorizing Quran in his hometown.
Similarly for the Zionists and bigots in NYC. Hundreds of mosques already exist in the New York Tri-State Area and there will be one more whether you like it or not. The Pro-Israel politicians can complain, the workers in the racist construction workers unions can complain, and FOX can complain; but it will be built.
In St. Louis Ed Martin can run for congress and run his mouth and write his columns in the Evening Whirl; but Islam will continue to grow in St. Louis and there is nothing he or the Tea Party can do about it. Truth will prevail over falsehood and the Muslim voters in his district will send him a message.
The rest are either out for fame, votes, tribal alleiagnce or money and they may get that in this life; but the Day of Judgement is coming.
To the believes make the most out of these last days of Ramadan and stay close to the masjid, remembrance of Allah and prayer and stay away from infighting. May Allah protect the believers and His Awliya and guide us back to a position of strength and give us the upper-hand over our enemies.