A recent Gallup poll has indicated that most Muslim Americans do not feel they are represented by existing Muslim organizations in America. The highest approval rating any one of these organizations received was only 12%. While we must assert that all of these existing organizations do extremely valuable work, we also understand that there exists a huge gap between the sociopolitical aspirations of Muslim Americans and the previous achievements of Muslim American organizations. In order to address these issues, we must consider the following:
By promoting “incrementalism” over speedy transformation, and by promoting negotiations with troubled and corrupt governments over rapid and positive political change, America would blunder again. And this is a bad time to blunder, as this is a historic chance for change. Demands for democratic ideals and good governance are coming from the most conservative parts of the Muslim world.
Given the popular uprisings that are now sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, a rare historical opportunity exists for activists from around the world to unite in solidarity.
A network of Muslims and non-Muslims, consisting of a whole spectrum of specialists, experts, scholars, activists, thinkers and leaders from many nations from the East and the West could help bring about such a movement of peace, justice and progress in our time.
Share/Bookmark What the Tahrir Square Has Brought: A Gift Wrapped in the Possibility of Making a Win-Win World Ruby Amatulla The victory at the Tahrir Square lifted the bar for the Muslim world up high in the heaven. So far the image of the Muslim world has long been tarnished with violence, intolerance and extremism. …