United States Muslim leaders have plans to register one million voters from within the American Muslim community in order to combat what they have deemed as the Trump party’s “anti-Muslim stance”.
Donald Trump is the Republican presidential nominee. The current Muslim population in the US is approximately 3.3 million but the organizers of this movement state that Muslim voters could have a massive impact in swing states, like Virginia and Florida, that could be key to winning or losing the general election in November.
Osama Abu Irshaid, a member of the US Council of Muslim Organizations, which is spearheading this campaign, states. “We want the Muslim community to understand that if you give up your rights voluntarily, no one will come and give it back to you.” Imams have been asked to encourage their congregations to vote. The campaign is canvassing college campuses, bus stations, and gas stations in predominantly Muslim areas. Starting in December 2015, the campaign was developed to combat what Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), calls an “unprecedented rise in Islamophobia.”
Campaign volunteers were outside the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in suburban Washington this month to get worshippers to register. “I was thinking quite a long time to register but this time especially … I really believed that I have to,” said Sadat Najmi as he filled out a registration form. Najmi, a U.S. citizen since 1988, said Trump had motivated him to sign up for the first time.
Interestingly enough, it appears the Muslim community is split on whether they are even ALLOWED to vote. According to Muslims Against Voting – Islam Against Democracy —
“One of the main excuses some people use today in attempt to justify the evil act of voting for a person to make law on one’s behalf is that the majority of Muslim scholars say it is allowed to vote, and some even go further saying it is a religious duty.
This, like every other so-called argument used to justify voting for man to play the role of God and make law, is entirely flawed and can never be used as an excuse to associate partners with Allah by choosing a lawmaker besides Him. There are many places in the Qur’aan in which Allah informs us of individuals in the past who were favored by Him and were given knowledge, yet they abused the knowledge they were given, started to follow their own desires and misled the people.“
Islam Q & A states this in regards to voting —
“Voting in a way is giving a testimony in favor of the person/party whom one is voting. The way false testimony is a major sin, to vote in favor of a candidate that one knows is not worthy will also be unlawful and a major sin.”
So this group hopes to spearhead a campaign to sign up one million Muslims to vote in the United States election for her next president in November 2016, yet y’all can’t even get on the same page about whether or not you are supposed to vote in the first place? Never mind, that a significant portion of the Muslim community in America are refugees, as such, they are NOT citizens, and therefore not supposed to be voting in said election in the first place. But I suppose that’s like dead people voting for Democrats, where there’s a Clinton, there’s voter fraud.