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Actually, American Muslims are at the centre of the resistance

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23.08.2019

They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, but we also know that too much of it can land you in hospital. It can even give you cancer. It is a lot better for your health, they say, to take it in moderate doses and maybe spend a bit of time indoors during the summer, too.

And that pretty much sums up the way I feel about a recent article haphazardly criticising American Muslim organisations of being comprised and the community of lacking courage in the face of US imperialism and the Trump administration's unapologetically white supremacist global agenda.

I agree - some American Muslim figures have made back door deals with governments and media that have not only been shocking but are tantamount to betrayal. And I concede that a lot of well-intended political calculations have gone terribly astray.

But, none of this is particularly new or even remarkable. Some American Muslim leaders, for example, were in with George HW Bush way before Donald Trump ever thought about being president. In fact, Bush would not have ever been president if it weren't for the Muslim vote supporting him in Florida back in 2000 elections. Remember how close that race was?

We can and we should hold our leadership - or those who present themselves as leaders - accountable, publicly, privately, and with passion.

But, in doing so, we really cannot afford during this political moment to give the false impression to a global audience that American Muslim institutions are rolling over in selfish fear or basking in opportunism. No. In fact, American Muslims are at the centre of the resistance both at home and abroad. In the face of violent attacks, death threats, child internment camps, and a society crumbling before our eyes, it is the stories of American Muslims fighting for justice that deserve to be uplifted and praised.

To begin with, there is no denying that the first two elected........

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