Muslim voters find themselves in a dilemma. On the one hand, the U.S. government is a kaafir government, not based in Islamic law. So there is very little reason for the Muslim to vote as if this were their government. On the other hand, the Muslim still has to make change and hold some influence over American domestic and especially foreign policy, since his or her money is being spent to fight a war on "Islamism."
The best way for the Muslims to vote is in a voting bloc. Their primary purpose isn't necessarily to vote based on principle - which would lead most to vote for a long-shot independent that wouldn't get elected anyway - but based on the desire for power, as the Muslims need to demonstrate influence. This is relatively easy considering the paltry voter turnout in 2000 - approximately 105.5 million, or 51% of the total voting-eligible population (Federal Election Commission, July 29, 2003).
And so the Muslims voted.
So, ignoring the concerns of African-American Muslims - as usual - Arab and Asian Muslim leaders endorsed Bush en masse.
Of course, they were only further strengthened by the fact that Gore's running mate was a Jew.
So, in order to keep the Jew out of power - since, apparently, Jews already control everything and Allah (SWT) doesn't - Muslims, who might've been in doubt as to who to vote for, voted for George W. Bush, a Republican. The last time Christian extremists were in power Muslims were cleansed from Spain.
Allahu 'a'lam where 2004 will take us, but it's pretty clear now that it's a really bad idea to keep Bush - or a Republican - in office.
But John Kerry's grandparents were Jews.
(and this can be a rumor as I haven't confirmed it yet) John Kerry himself _was_ a Jew.
I couldn't agree more on how ridiculous it was for Muslims to vote and show their support for Bush. Another idea, (if both candidates are not doing anything for the Muslim community or Muslims around the world via Foreign Policy) is to not vote at all...in the words of Imam Siraj..."it's like choosing the fox over the wolf"...in the end you still get bit...but yeah the point is if both candidates don't seem to be beneficial in any sort of way to Muslims...then the Muslim community as a whole should let them know that they are not getting our support. This idea needs to permeate through our leadership (ISNA, NSC, AMA, etc.) down to each Muslim voter. If they want our vote then they need to take our concerns seriously and at least meet us half way. I'm an extremist I know, but when Bush blew away most of Afghanistan and continues to do so in Iraq...do you really want to sit there and be like...I voted for this guy?!?!?on May 19, 2004 3:13 PM
(and this can be a rumor as I haven't confirmed it yet) John Kerry himself _was_ a Jew"
QUICK, EVERYONE, VOTE FOR THE BIBLE-THUMPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VOTE CRUSADERS IN 2004!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!on May 19, 2004 7:13 PM
hassan, correct me if i'm wrong, is being sarcastic. he is making light of the fact how people blame things on the Jews, when they are nothing more than Allah's will. it is important to note that muslims aren't "red-necks", through out history we have protected and given safe haven to Jews, unlike our Christian counter-parts. with all due respect, I question how much the neo-cons would actually support Israel, if Jews didn't hold high ranking positions.
The agenda of neoconservatives is to sow America's ideological oats. The new "threat" to America's ideology is perceived to be "Islamism." Israel is perceived to have the least potential in the Middle East of becoming an "Islamist" state because of its religious (mostly Jewish) and ethnic (half European) makeup. This is why so many people harp on Israel being the only "democracy" in the Middle East.on May 20, 2004 9:59 AM
" '[Bush] met three times with Muslim leaders before [Al] Gore was even returning our calls,' says Salam al-Marayati, the director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a group that supported Bush in 2000."
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
If the Muslim vote really doesn't count for anything more than as sign of unity and as a symbol of our pleasure/displeasure for a candidate then why don't we vote for Ralph Nader.
But why would Muslims ever actually vote for an Arab to take an office? Let's just give all our money to the Israel supporters.
Wasalaam Warahmatullah Wabarkatuon July 16, 2004 1:28 PM
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
I just love who it's always the lesser of to evils...which by the way...is still evil.
wasalaam Warahmatullah Wabarkatuon July 17, 2004 11:07 AM