While Yussf Estes and the Deen Show are making dawah pitches in videos spinning the tale of a decadent America with a lost people and an Islam with all the solutions, the alphabet organizations are lobbying for American support to the Syrian rebels and critiquing Pope Francis’ visit to Israel/Palestine , and the hash-taggers are doing their thing I am curious as to where is the widespread American-Muslim outrage on two atrocities in the Muslim World.
Which atrocities? A fair question. There are so many. No I’m not discussing turning a blind-eye to the Shia Genocide in Pakistan , charities funneling money to takfiri rebels in Syria, Libya falling apart, or Boko Haram. Perhaps for another time and of course most of the issues are either ignored or given quasi-support by many American-Muslim leaders.
Meriam Yahya Ibrahim was born to a Sudanese Muslim father and an Ethiopian Christian mother. Meriam never identified as a Muslim and is proud of her Christian faith. In any sane society, in any just society, it is the basic human right to pick and choose your religion or leave your religion. A forced faith is no faith at all.
Yet in 2014 Meriam had to deliver her baby in shackles in a Sudanese jail for the crime of being a Christian and being in a loving marriage to a Christian. .
Meriam was given four days to denounce her Christian faith and she refused to. I have a lot of respect for Meriam and I have none for her captors or the barbaric judicial system that has sentenced her to die. If you claim to love justice, if you claim to stand on the side of the oppressed, and if you have any respect for human-rights this case has to anger you.
No American celebrity-imam should be allowed to give a lecture without taking a stance.
No convention or conference should be held without forcing speakers to take a stance.
Everyone should be on the record.
It is a yes or no question. Do you support Meriam being sentenced to death?
I talked to Shahed Amanullah in DC last week about organizing a protest-rally outside of the Sudanese Embassy. I am not sure how much support it has gotten yet. Imagine if all these hashtag activists who were all worked up over Abu Eesa would make this an issue or if the major Muslim organizations would get behind such a protest? If you’re members of such organizations (CAIR, MAS, MPAC, ICNA, etc.) you should be calling them and pressuring them to take a stand on this issue.
A Protest Outside the Sudanese Embassy in DC
Hunger-Strikes in Solidarity
These are suggested actions.
Moving onto Pakistan, Yes I know, a usual suspect. While Desi Muslims in the West are busy cheering on the Pakistani Cricket team and telling of the fun they had on their recent visits “back home” while ignoring the ongoing genocides against Shia, Christians, Ahmadiyas and others. Yes I am against drones as well. Yet, they aren’t any worse than the violence Pakistanis inflict on one another on a routine basis. Or the oppression of women , “honor killings”, acid-attacks and the like. Instead of getting defensive and finding examples of non-Muslim honor-killings ( as if that mitigates the problem) how about a serious human-rights campaign and actions on Pakistan?
Which brings me to the horrific tragedy of Farzana Parveen. Farzana was murdered in cold blood by her family as the police and other onlookers just watched. Her head bashed in with bricks. Her crime? Marrying the man she loved. Something to think about one of these American-Muslim birdbrains contemplates “hijrah to the land of the Muslims” or one of the Pakistani masjid uncles tells you how great it is back home.
We have well-oiled campaigns in support of Palestine. Which is great please don’t stop. Yet there are more people living under fear, death and oppression in Pakistan and other parts of South Asia. Where is the organizing in the American-Muslim community? The calls for divestment?
American-Muslims could boycott visiting Pakistan, refuse to send any money to Pakistan other than money to their family and charities, and could organize a pro human-rights lobby from America.
I know there are individual Muslims, bloggers and writers who have taken stands on these issues. Where is the communal response? Where is the energy from the organized Muslim community? And, if it is not there, what does that say?