Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban: What Do Muslims Think?

Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban: What Do Muslims Think?

I spoke with some Muslims who support Trump and got some honest answers about what a ban on Muslim immigration means to them.

I am obliged to begin this article by stating: Not all Muslims are terrorists. There, I said it. Now, every single comment making some kind of reference to the fact that “not all Muslims” are terrorists will be rightfully ignored. Our time on this Earth is finite.

Here’s another obligatory statement I have to make: Islam is not a race. This is important.

Although many people are born into their religion, religion itself is not a race. This seems to be forgotten in a world where “racist” has become the salt and pepper of political discussion. The bread and butter.

Religion is a set of ideas, that requires a certain level of adherence. It is very different from race, because there are many places in the world (odds are  you sit in one of them reading this) where you are not compelled to practice any religion. It should therefore be totally fair to criticize all religions from  within these secular societies. Calling these criticisms “racist” shows a complete lack of understanding of what the discussion is even about, given that the discussion is not about race. It is about ideas.

On December 7th, 2015, Donald Trump made a statement on Muslim immigration. It’s very short, and it’s not a clear policy proposal (Trump has no official policy position on Muslim immigration, yet.) Here is the first and most controversial line:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

This was attacked like a low-hanging fruit when in reality it was a tree we had never seen before in the political discourse. Pundits immediately went:

  • That’s racist.
  • It’s impossible to screen someone to find out what god they believe in.
  • Trump is so stupid.
  • Only a racist would support that.

How did the Muslims I spoke with react?

“We are not dealing with a race here. We are dealing with an ideology. Muslims come from all colors and cultures. Therefore, it’s not a racist policy,” said Muhammad Amen, a vocal Muslim Trump supporter.

“Hernando Cortes, who conquered Mexico, brought civilization to a cannibalistic nation by bringing Christian Spanish culture. Now Aztec cannibalism and violence has returned to Mexico via the Cartels who chop people up and sell drugs,” said Khadra Abdirahman, a 23-year old Somali Muslim born in America.

“That’s how to win a war via ideology. Islamism is an ideology.”

Another common question posed: Won’t Muslims living in America feel singled out by Trump’s proposal to halt all Muslim immigration?

“If the majority of Muslim Americans are pro-American, patriotic and peaceful, they should agree because this is protecting their safety as well. If they’ll be violent the same way the illegals from Mexico act then they never came here with peaceful intentions,” she said.

“The intention isn’t bad. There is no choice but avoiding a group with a specific problem to contain that problem until it’s fixed. Not everyone in that group has the problem, but you have to thoroughly check everyone before you let them through,” said Maria Al-Masani, a Sufi Muslim and the co-founder of Yemen Rights Monitor.

Al-Masani has received death threats from Hezbollah, although not for her views on Trump’s Muslim ban. She believes that any measure that can increase U.S. security will lead to a reduction in the fear of Muslims, and in turn a reduction in discrimination. “Once Trump fixes security, Islamophobia will die down since people will have nothing to fear from Muslims once Trump shows radical Islamists their place.”

Abdirahman didn’t waste any time stipulating how one could possibly determine who is a Muslim and who is not. “Cut off visas. No flights coming in. Anyone from Muslim countries. Especially the terrorist infested ones like Syria, Iraq and Libya, no visas whatsoever.” She also pointed out how Persian Gulf Muslim states haven’t accepted any refugees.

Al-Masani wasn’t so restrictive. “My number one priority would be Muslims in Western Europe,” she said. “Look at what is happening there. We don’t want that here.” She could have been referring to Sweden, where rape has skyrocketed by 1500% since the country’s immigration policy changed to allow more Muslim migrants. Or, she could have been referring to the events in Germany on New Year’s Eve.

The bulk of Trump’s statement continued:

“According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.”

Here are some more polls from Pew:

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A high disapproval of homosexuality and abortion  seems antithetical to Western liberal values. A slight approval of suicide bombing as a “justified” tactic is also quite antithetical to everything the West stands for. It’s ridiculous to look at these polls and to think anyone is “racist” for fearing the worldview shown by these statistics.

I’ll leave you with something Abdirahman said. “If the West dropped bibles instead of bombs, maybe we would win the war against terrorism.” She must be a self-hating racist.

 

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36 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban: What Do Muslims Think?

  1. i understand that trump is a racist but i do support him judt because of one reason and one reason only the most hateful act pulled of by muslim terroists that hurted new york and caused america to have a depression the only thing i ask him to do is to fix everybody inside and outside of the country by helping them with any sciothic thing they have going on and to make the homeless have at least a minumum wage job to make lonely be happy and one thing else to make the fat/obese people become thin and muscular and give basicall everybody help even they dont need need it i only say these things because he knows how much of a shameful act of getting out 2 billion of the muslims now i am going to be a little bit shelfish by telling you that the biggest country with alot of people where muslims are is india/pakisstan/bangladesh look at the numbers and these are my people but i know that trump will not only make the highest paying country america great again but make the world finacially successful again because that is how smart and how much of a great president trump is plus he is very succesful and he cares not so much for america he cares so much about the whole world so i pick trump over that hateful hilary clinton who is just using what she has made for herself to help her win

    I WILL SAY NO MATTER WHAT IF TRUMP IS GOING TO KICK ME OUT OF AMERICA THAT PEOPLE PUT 200 POUND EACH ON TRUMPS BACK AND IN THE END EVEN THOUGH HE IS OLD BUT HE COMPARED TO A WHITE GUY TRUMP WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER I SAY THESE THING IN A NICE WAY BUT TRUMP IS NOT A CRIMINAL HE IS THE MOST HEROIC WHITE MAN EVER I WILL VOTE FOR TRUMP AND AFTER 6 MONTHS HE WILL MAKE THE WORLD GREAT AGIAN

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  2. I think we are tarring people of a particular faith group with a very wide brush. Although I understand why people within the United States might feel threatened, I also feel that extreme vetting might result in more resentment and an increased potential for violence. Historically American responses to discrimination, be it by race or by belief, have proven damaging to the country. Examples that come to mind are the segregation of the Japanese in the Second World War and the refusal to accept Jewish immigrants during the same period. Are we really ready to go down a road that we will be ashamed of having followed in forty years?

  3. I’m all for Trump. He’s said & is for some things I disagree with but there is no DAMN way that’d I’d EVER vote for that LYING, CROOKED THIEVING TRATOR aka KILLARY Clinton

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