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A Call To American / Global Muslim Leaders To Search Their Souls And Lead Their Youth To Become Good Global Citizens With The Turn Of Events In The Wake Of The Recent Travel Ban

By Muhammad Yunus, New Age Islam

02 February 2017

(Co-author (Jointly with Ashfaque Ullah Syed), Essential Message of Islam, Amana Publications, USA, 2009.)

 In one of his articles referenced below, the author had expressed his profound disappointment and disgust with the Ulema of Islam for their reluctance to launch a thunderous protest and take out street processions to denounce or even outlaw ISIS for slaughtering innocent non-Muslims and even Muslims calling out Allah u Akbar:

 The Shamelessness of Ulema of Islam in Bearing with the Penultimate Blasphemy by ISIS Brutes without a Thunderous Global Protest Is Despicable


Through this essay he is registering his profound disappointment with a selective set of Muslim community leaders of America whom he had sent a series of e-mails to provoke a furious and visible denunciation of ISIS as a gesture of their solidarity with the non-Muslims, who are selectively killed and brutalized by this monstrous outfit. More than a year ago he made a compelling appeal to this select group, supported by forceful arguments to organize massive protest (rallies) against ISIS in some of the major American cities with sizeable Muslim populations, with participants carrying banners with slogans extracted from Dr. Morrow’s Fatwa that reads as follows:

ISIS/Takfiris Are Friends of Satan, the Enemies of Allah and His Messenger, Foremost In Shirk, Hypocrisy and Apostasy and No Muslim Must Support Them in Any Form or Fashion


 But all was in vain. The result is just beginning to unfold with banning of all nationals (Muslims) of seven Muslim majority countries from travelling to America and blocking the Syrian immigrants from entering America. The author had forewarned this in these words:

“Put ting in one word ISIS ideology has rocked the foundation of Islam. If not outlawed, those opposed to Islam will capitalize on it to impose increasing restrictions on Muslims and more of Muslim lands will be invaded, occupied and Muslims in the secular, Western, and Muslim minority countries will be increasingly marginalized, if not persecuted. It must be corrected before the Muslims are forced to do so.”

Coming to the crux of the matter, the Muslim leadership must take lesson from the Christians and non-Muslims who are protesting against the travel ban on their behalf since the signing of the Executive Order just a few days ago. They are taking to streets, flocking the airports, carrying banners against the ban and giving speeches with fury and passion to show their solidarity with the Muslims. Therefore, the Muslim leadership worldwide must take any instance of a terror attack against the non-Muslims very seriously, organise massive protest rallies condemning and outlawing terrorism, and showing their deep concern for and solidarity with the victims and offering mass prayers for the them.

 By a totally unforeseeable turn of events, the Muslims have earned the sympathy of the Western world and are projected as victims rather than oppressors. This is indeed a blessing in disguise and demolishes the rapidly emerging notion of clash of civilization. World Muslim leaders must respond in the like manner and exploit the travel ban as a means to diffuse anti-Western sentiments in their communities. The Muslims of the world must understand that as at this moment, they are in the good books of a large section of the Western population despite the rising tide of Islamophobia for more than two decades. Hence all efforts must be made by all concerned to diffuse radicalisation and root out terrorism in the name of Islam.

In one word, with the turn of events, the Muslims must conduct themselves as good human being and show as much concern for the others as the others are showing for them in the capitals of the Western world and in the courts of America today. There is a lesson in it for the Muslim leadership and God-sent opportunity as well to change the course of civilization from heading towards a clash to taking the path of rapprochement. They have to tell their fellow Muslims that Islam is not in danger. The Christians and the non-Muslims who are selflessly agitating against the travel ban on their behalf have hijacked the true spirit of Islam – service to humanity and excellence in lawful pursuits and left the Muslims with the title of Islam without any great urge to serve humanity or passion for excellence. Therefore the Muslims need not fight to defend their faith or their Prophet. They have to fight their way in the arena of life in the most peaceful manner, excel in lawful pursuits, establish themselves as respectable citizens and serve their community and their nation, and should be a source of comfort to others and not a cause of fear – as they stand today.   

To lend legitimacy to my exhortation to rapprochement let me quote the following verses from the Qur’an dating from its concluding period:

 “O People! We have created you as male and female, and made you into races and communities* for you to get to know each other. The noblest among you near God are those of you who are the most heedful (morally upright).  Indeed God is All-Knowing and Informed” (49:13).

“... And let not the hatred of a people who (once) obstructed you from (entering the) Sacred House, lead you to be hostile. Therefore, help each other to virtue and uprightness, and do not collaborate with each other in sin and enmity. Heed God, and (remember,) God is severe in punishment” (5:2).

“It may be that God will bring about love between you and those of them you (now) regard as your enemies. (Remember,) God is Able (to do anything) and God is Most Forgiving and Merciful (60:7)

Let no ignorant, traitor or twister of faith say that these verses are from an early (Meccan) phase of revelation and abrogated. They all are from the concluding phase of the revelation and reflect Islamic vision of “a universal brotherhood of humanity that will allow people of diverse faith, culture, colour and language to live together, to know each other and to assist each other to make life easy and peaceful for all human beings” [Ch. 9.7, Essential Message of Islam]

May God guide Muslim leaders to the upright path.


Muhammad Yunus, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, and a retired corporate executive has been engaged in an in-depth study of the Qur’an since early 90’s, focusing on its core message. He has co-authored the referred exegetic work, which received the approval of al-Azhar al-Sharif, Cairo in 2002, and following restructuring and refinement was endorsed and authenticated by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl of UCLA, and published by Amana Publications, Maryland, USA, 2009.

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  • Yunus Saheb progressive thought is needed within the boundaries laid down by Allah and Quran. Quran says our first obligation is towards self, than for our families, than to communities, than to nation etc.. 1. for self - do the right thing without selfish interest 2. with family- raise kids and spouses with good moral character, not muslim or hindu character!! 3. All school curricula from 2nd/3rd grade need to include 2 periods one on Ethics and morality and second on Spirituality. None of this has anything to do with religion and still has everything to do with it!!! (million dollar statement if people understand this) 4. as far as we are concerned - we need a reformed style of education in our Madarsas.
    By Dr Munavvar Izhar - 2/9/2017 7:59:14 AM

  • Yunus sahib you are spot on.
    Vijay Tiwari saheb dont quote things out of context, that is the problem with people like you quoting things in Parenthesis(chuckle!!)- you forgot the quote from Quran on non muslims "Each one to their own" - Tewari sb, forgot this parenthesis?? the so called quoters of Quran!!

    By Dr Munavvar Izhar - 2/9/2017 7:52:09 AM

  • One should understand who really are the unbelievers. All non Muslims are not unbelievers. It basically against those who deny the instructions of God, which is good for all mankind.
    By Syed Shahjahan Siraj - 2/8/2017 6:53:36 PM

  • Vijay Tiwari. Watch the youTube of Dr. Zakir Naik's video for satisfaction of your soul.
    By Meraj Siddiqui - 2/8/2017 6:53:08 PM

  • Confrontation in the Qur'an is really between Muslims and non-Muslims. 
    Qur'an verse 8:12 - Allah will terrorize unbelievers; Muslims should behead them

    “When thy Lord was revealing to the angels, ‘I am with you; so confirm the believers. I shall cast into the unbelievers’ hearts terror; so smite above the necks, and smite every finger of them!’”

    By Vijay Tiwari - 2/8/2017 6:52:47 PM

  • Unfortunately, Qur'an believes, the believers are righteous and nonbelievers (Kaafirs) are evil and the commandment is to kill them. 
    Qur'an Verse 8:39 - Fight unbelievers until Islam reigns supreme

    “Fight them, till there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s entirely; then if they give over, surely Allah sees the things they do.

    By Vijay Tiwari - 2/8/2017 6:52:22 PM

  • What a misinformation.... Of course it is intentional.... Maleficent
    By Syed Shahjahan Siraj - 2/8/2017 6:51:42 PM

  • @UP Ojha Don't you know there are no Sunnis and Shiites in the Quran.
    By Syed Shahjahan Siraj - 2/8/2017 6:50:37 PM

  • What Quran says is interpreted differently by different Mulla's.
    This is why the hundreds of sects in Islam are busy enough in killing another sect.
    Can a sunni offer namaaz with Shiya or an Ismaily or Wahavi ?
    If Allah is supposed great,what Baghdadi is doing to project.as if Allah is unsafe without Baghdadee or Laden.

    By U.p. Ojha - 2/8/2017 6:50:07 PM

  • But it will never happen. Muslims will never show solidarity with non-Muslims. They will remain the same fanatic, intolerant & bloodthirsty. Only the non-Muslims who are now shouting in favour of Muslims will be taught a lesson by the Islamic Radicals.
    By Biplab Sensarma - 2/8/2017 6:49:24 PM

  • Mr shahjajan Shiraj,
    If there is no shiits or bahavi in Quran ,why shieit mosques are blasted in Pak.
    Can you expect any non sunni cricket player or army officer in Pakistan.
    Sir, Trump is an elected president by civilised people.
    Who elected Baghdadi ?
    Please do not be a fares blind orthodox,and see the disaster of Islamic deeds.

    By U.p. Ojha - 2/8/2017 6:42:17 PM

  •  As we sow we reap, remove hate text against non Muslims from wahabi salafi inhuman ideology
    By DrPitambar Aryan - 2/7/2017 10:56:07 AM

  • Beautiful post
    By Golden Khan - 2/7/2017 10:38:11 AM

  • These people are supporting Muslims because they have seen them closely as compassionate and as noble souls. Thank Allah they have not any experience of living close to you who sells his words to penny to earn money.
    By M Sultan Lone - 2/7/2017 10:37:26 AM

  • U haven't knowledge.U r saying what u have heard.There is no place of Terrorism in ISLAM.ISLAM is the only true religion.
    By Dar Lateef - 2/7/2017 10:36:20 AM

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