Republican candidate Donald Trump received flak for suggesting the possibility of a database for Muslims and for refusing to accept the so called Syrian refugees.
Trump also suggested the possible need for monitoring some mosques.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the statements made by Republican candidate Donald Trump and referred to the candidates’ remarks as “Islamophobic.”
But the word “Islamophobic" does not apply here as phobia is defined in psychiatry textbooks as an irrational fear of something.
When we see that overwhelming statistical data proves beyond doubt that almost all of the terrorist attacks in the world today are conducted by Islamic groups or by people who belong to the Muslim faith, then Trump’s fear of Islam cannot be classified as a phobia — as it is very rational.
Second, those who criticized Trump for his statements need to ask themselves this basic question: Why doesn't Trump have the same negative attitude toward people from other faiths, such as Buddhists and Hindus?
Contrary to other mainstream religions, Islam is the only religion in which its laws justify barbaric violence in the name of the creator. Such violence includes killing apostates, stoning of women for adultery, beheadings of gays, declaring wars to spread the religion, and enslavement of female war prisoners and raping them.
Such mainstream Islamic laws (Shariah) are not opposed by any leading Islamic organization. Before blaming Trump for his statements his critics should have asked Islamic religious scholars and organizations such as CAIR, ISNA, and OIC, to clearly oppose such violent teachings so that people stop criticizing Islam.
It is fair to say that had Trump seen hundreds of thousands of Muslims demonstrating against bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists with the same passion as they demonstrated against Prophet Muhammad’s cartoon, he most likely would not have made such statements.
Muslims must share the blame having never reacted against the terrorists in the same manner and passion as it did with Muhammad cartoons or with other silly issues such as for defending the hijab.
When Sheick Al-Azhar — he is considered to be the highest Islamic religious authority in the world — recently refused to consider ISIS terrorists as non-Muslims, it is not surprising to anyone why Trump and may others have negative views about Islam.
Instead of criticizing Trump for his position regarding the Syrian refugees it is fairer to criticize the wealthy Muslim countries that did not accept permit them to enter.
We should ask why U.S. taxpayers, rather than wealthy Muslim countries, are supposed to support the Syrian refugees.
Those who blame Trump for suggesting that some mosques need to be monitored should ask themselves first if we should be expecting Trump to allow radical Mosques to preach hatred and violence without being monitored. Should we blame the man for caring about the security of the United States?
Dr. Tawfik Hamid is the author of "Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam." Read more reports from Tawfik Hamid — Click Here Now.
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