In a recent interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, airing late Wednesday, Donald Trump said: "I think Islam hates us." "There's a tremendous hatred," he added. "We have to get to the bottom of it. There is unbelievable hatred of us."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on Trump to apologize for the comment, and other recent remarks it deems Islamophobic.
The question that should be raised now is if Mr. Trump’s comments are substantiated with facts on the ground or not?
Reacting in a knee-jerk reflexive action against him, absent any evidence that he is wrong, only proves he is correct.
Facts on the ground show the following:
- Violent inhumane attacks on, and discrimination against, religious minorities is currently more prevalent in the Muslim world than at any other place on earth. Should we also expect that Mr. Trump come and say that Islam loves non-Muslims?
- Additionally, mainstream Islamic teaching currently approved by the leading Islamic scholars and institutes teaches that Muslims must declare war on non-Muslims to spread Islam — as they actually did in the early Islamic conquests.
According to such unchallenged and unanimously approved teaching, Muslims must give the non-Muslims three options: Islam, pay a humiliating tax (Jizia), or be killed.
Additionally Muslim men are allowed to take non-Muslim wen as sex slaves to them.
Some may argue that this is the teaching of ISIS.
Yes, that is correct. However, if this form of hate filled teaching is not approved by the leading Islamic scholars and institutes, where then are their voices rejecting such barbaric teaching?
It is crucial to note that denouncing ISIS for political reasons because they challenge the local political and religious authorities (which is already happening) is very different from rejecting the violent teaching itself.
For example, it is so easy to find Islamic organizations saying that ISIS does not represent Islam; but we have not seen the same organizations denouncing the taking of female war prisoners as sex slaves.
The reason why Islamic scholars and organizations can only denounce ISIS — but not specifically denounce their religious ideology — is simply that the latter is a mainstream teaching scholars themselves teach today.
After we see such a fact, should we expect that Mr. Trump says that Islam teaches peace, love, and harmony?
If some Muslims or some Islamic organizations are not happy with Mr. Trump’s comments let them prove him wrong instead of reacting in a knee-jerk manner.
Proving him wrong can be only achieved by providing the titles of the approved Islamic theological interpretations and jurisprudence.
Or, bring statements from the leading Islamic Institutions such as Al-Azhar University that denounce, for example, the teaching that Muslims must fight Non-Muslims and give them their options: Islam, pay a humiliating tax (Jizia), or be killed; and that Muslims are allowed to take female war prisoners as sex-slaves.
Will CAIR and other Islamic organizations accept the challenge to prove that Mr. Trump is wrong?
They simply will not, as accepting it will only prove Trump’s viewpoint!
Such organizations need to know that as long as Islamic organizations are unable to prove him wrong, then Mr. Trump is right.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid is the author of "Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam." Read more reports from Tawfik Haimd — Click Here Now.
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