This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, November 10, 2016
TRUMP VICTORY: SUSPEND US TRIPS
11th November, 2016
TRUMP VICTORY:MURIC ADVISES MUSLIMS TO SUSPEND US TRIPS
The Republican Party presidential
candidate, Donald Trump, yesterday won the American presidential election.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
affirms that Trump’s victory has serious implications for Muslims in the United
States and elsewhere around the world. His Americanisation of virtually
everything coupled with his tortuous isolationism and a pathological obsession
with Islamophobia calls for grave concern.
The contemptuous treatment of
Muslims travelling in or out of America has long been a matter of serious
concern to advocates of free movement and Allah-given fundamental human rights.
Coupled with this is the horrendous policy of rendition whereby Muslims are
kidnapped en route other destinations
and forcefully taken to the dreaded Guatemala to face America’s notorious waterbodding
and other forms of inhuman treatment.
The advent of Donald Trump is the last
straw that broke the camel’s back. The American President-Elect has divided
America along racial and religious lines. He threatened to close mosques. He
also swore to give Muslims a special data base in order to control terrorism.
Trump may be an iconoclast, but the
Americans who voted for him were not deaf. They heard him loud and clear. They
heard all his threats. The victory of Trump, particularly coming hot on the
heels of Brexit, means that Western democracies are jettisoning globalization
MURIC respects the wish of Americans
to stand by their national interest. We call on Muslims around the world to
also respect the wish of the American people to be left alone.
Nonetheless, we reiterate our avowed
rejection of racist and hate speeches. We disown violent groups like Al-Qaidah
and ISIS who instigate Muslims to kill Americans and attack American and
Western interests. Qur’an 49:13 is a categorical vote for the universality of
mankind and Islam is a religion for all nations. Therefore no nation should be
set aside for hatred.
We urge Muslims around the world to
nurse no malice against Americans over Trump’s victory and the likely fallout. It
should be noted that few Americans support Trump’s weird policies. He won the
election via the electoral college but received fewer votes than Hillary
Clinton. The victory of Trump reveals the paradoxical underbelly of the world’s
greatest democracy. American minority has had its way.
Finally, we appeal to Nigerian
Muslims to suspend planned trips to the United States until they know which way
the cat will jump. Any Nigerian Muslim who ignores this advice is on his own.
We also advise immigrant Muslims
residing in the United States to return to their countries or be prepared for harsh
treatments including increased Islamophobic attacks. Americans must be allowed
to fix their own country.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)