Loving your country a part of Muslim religion

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My closest friend’s family, and even colleagues are first, second, or third-generation immigrants. I didn’t choose them for this reason, we just seemed to click this way.

With that being said, many of them choose to identify with their nation back home. Whether it is Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, or virtually any nation, people rarely forget their roots.

For us, as immigrants and children of immigrants, holding onto our roots is normal. However, for outsiders, they might question our loyalty. How can someone be loyal to America while also being loyal to some possible American enemy across the seas?

Of course, I can’t argue with this logic, as at times I fall victim to it as well. Whenever Muslims are attacked anywhere in the world, my heart bleeds for them and I feel a sense of anger.

Why hasn’t America stepped in as they always do? Does a group of people only matter when there is some sort of personal interest for America?

The reason such an anger is felt is because, while I am American and I love my country, that doesn’t change the fact that I am a Muslim, a Pakistani, and have a blended identity. Thus, while some of the decisions America makes don’t make me the happiest, my loyalty to this nation is unwavering.

True loyalty requires a relationship built on sincerity and integrity. It requires what a person displays on the surface to be the same as what lies beneath. So it doesn’t matter if I was born here or if I’m a first generation, second or third.

What matters is that once I am here, my loyalty is genuine, and I am faithful to my nation. With that being said, some young adults who are born in America unfortunately turn to Islamist extremism. The reality is to truly love God and Islam, a person must love his nation. Therefore, there can be no conflict of interest between a person’s love for God and love for his country.

In fact, according to Islamic teachings, God has forbidden all forms of treachery or rebellion whether it is against one’s country or one’s government. This is because acting against the state is a threat to the peace and security of a nation. Additionally, there are many Islamic teachings that remind Muslims time after time that love for their nation is a part of their faith. Thus those who become Islamist extremists and turn on their nation are contradicting their own faith.

Additionally, the worldwide leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Masroor Ahmad, reminds Ahmadi Muslims to always remain loyal to one’s country, and if a time ever comes where you can no longer bear persecution inflicted on you due to your country’s poor governance, then you must still not rebel — rather migrate to where you can live peacefully.

This is how much loyalty you must have to your own nation. Rather than resort to physical violence, gravitate towards peaceful means.

To say you have love for your nation is one thing. But to go out there and truly be a part of your community is another. To participate in all the patriotic events, give back to those who have served, and to truly be proud of what your country has achieved is what it means to be loyal to one’s nation.

Suman Mahmood

Queens Village

Posted 12:00 am, July 14, 2018
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THINK from QUEENS says:
A question to this writer. WHY does the Islam religion seem to have such discontent for women, forcing them to wear headscarves to cover their hair or burkas to cover their entire bodies, while men can dress however they please. Now I know that some of this have to do with the country and the form of Islam, but it is still the Islam. It seems to be a very male-dominated religion where women do not have a say so and seem to be pretty much property of men whose function is to produce children.

In this day and age of the me too movement, I am surprised that this religion is not be called out by this movement for its treatment of women................and where are the young far left liberals who criticize a tv show, a film, a book for it treatment of women, but give a pass on a religion which has a very bad track record not only toward women but gays as well. They are so worried about being called "racists" they overlook this very awful aspect of the religion.

Food for thought.
July 14, 7:50 am
Jr from Queens says:
Why hasn’t America stepped in as they always do? Does a group of people only matter when there is some sort of personal interest for America?

Huh? America has been fighting for muslims for the longest time. It's their own people who are keeping up the fighting in countries all over the world. The question should be, why dont your people stop fighting each other and make your own countries better places to live? America has been fighting for muslims to be free of terrorist organizations for many years now. The next question should be, why dont other Muslim countries help one another to fight terrorism? You have many middle eastern countries where the rulers of those countries have not stepped up to do anything. The middle eastern rulers have lots of money and power but yet continues to let their neighbors and fellow muslim countries suffer. Next question, why does America have to save you? Why dont you try to save yourselves? Why are the armies In these countries so useless and corrupt and let this situation get out of control the way it has? Why dont you teach each other to love one another and stop raising children to hate others especially women and gays in your own communities? The muslims love oppression and love to play victims but they have no one else to blame but themselves for the hatred they preach. Even in NYC here, they have separated themselves from society for so many years even before 9/11 happened. Just like every race in NYC does these days, they exclude themselves from blending into American society. They create their own neighborhoods and look strangely at other races that come into their neighborhoods then instead of dressing like Americans, you still insist on wearing your own garments out in the streets (it's fine if you're wearing it to your mosques but out in the streets, is not necessary) and bring your disgusting practices of oppressing women. Why not just try blending into American society anymore? Which seems like every new immigrant is refusing to do these days. The least I can say about muslims is that at least alot of the men (some of the women) do learn and speak English unlike other new immigrant races that migrated here.
July 14, 9:24 am
Guy from NYC says:
As a child of immigrants, I know for a fact they have it tough. They came here with little or no money. They bust their butts for their kids. So how can we expect immigrants to learn English and blend in when they are working low paying jobs and long hours. It will be their children who will assimilate into our culture. Of course they will try to partake in Americana whenever they can, but we can't truly expect them to become "Americans" overnight. Give immigrants a chance so their children can enrich this country. If not, this country will die a slow death due to low childbirth by White Americans and the eventual passing of the Baby Boomers generation.
Many people admire the strict immigration polices of some Asian countries but they don't know that childbirth by the native population are low and some countries like South Korea and Japan are facing a dilemma concerning low population numbers in the near future. They might have to loosen up their immigration policies.
Aug. 7, 4:50 pm

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