FUTURE OF ISLAM AND MUSLIMS IN THE USA: Will America remain a melting pot for Muslims?


 One of the most bombastic statements which gave birth to the communalist minds in America is the proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the country. While campaigning for his presidential election, after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Donald Trump called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until America’representatives figured out what the hell was going on at United States.

Later in June 13, 2016 Trump delivered a talk reacting to the massacre in Orlando, Florida in which he appeared to reiterate his proposed Muslim ban. “I call for a ban after San Bernardino”, he said. But he was met with great scorn and anger. But now, many are saying that he was right to do so. Although the pause is temporary, he continued to trigger the same matter whenever he got chances without any guilty.

                After the shutdown process, Trump started to face a lot of criticism from inside as well as outside. He responded to the criticism by saying his policy was not a Muslim ban, as the media largely reported. “This was not about religion. Rather, it was about terror and keeping our country safe”, he said.

Nevertheless, there was some basis for viewing the order as targeting Muslims. One among them was, while Anderson Cooper during the CNN interview asked him: “is there a war between the west and radical Islam or between the west and Islam itself?” Trump replied: “well, it is radical, but it is very hard to define. It is very hard to separate”. This is enough to make sure why democrats and republicans stood against the proposal. And the house speaker Paul Ryan said that the ban was not reflective of the principles of the Republican Party or the United States.

                           So as like the past, the future of the Muslims will be in risk in the rogue states. There were two waves of flow of Muslims to United States. The first wave came as slaves from Africa two hundred years ago. They were not allowed to practice their religious rituals and to establish themselves as Muslims as they were suppressed and oppressed. They lived in total slavery and in chains. And gradually their religion and names were changed.

Then, the second wave came, after world war first, from the Balkan states and Lebanon or what used to be the Ottoman Empire. They were settled in the Midwest and northeast. And because of their economic and social isolation, they too leaved the room of Islam. And now half of Muslim Americans say it has become harder to be a Muslim in the United States in recent years. And forty eight percentages of Muslims say they have experienced at least one incident of discrimination in the past twelve months. About fourteen percentages of Americans say that they are unfriendly towards Muslim and Islam.

                             Instead of theoretical analysis, let us explore the real life of Muslims who are citizens of America. A senior fellow in the project on United States relations with the Islamic world at the Brookings institution says: “To be a Muslim in the era of Trump has sadly become something more frightening. And we have become an object of concern and fear”.

A new-York based journalist and political commentator says that “it is uncomfortable to witness the rise of anti-Muslim populism in the country as exemplified by Trump”.
 A female clinical pharmacist who lives in Chicago says: “I am deeply concerned about my sisters in faith who have had their hijabs snatched due to religious discrimination in current times”. From these words, it is clear that Muslims are facing and will surely face discrimination, depression, lack of friendship, lack of security and despair.
America has been a melting pot for Muslims and they melted down within a few decades. They may not be able to preserve their religious status and identity, keeping this situation in view. Or it may lead to a modernized version of Islam and Muslims which would impact the whole Muslim community especially in the west.

Bio: Falulu Rahman is a research fellow in English literature under Madeenathunnoor college of Islamic studies.His interested areas are :anthropological and sociological reading of society,meaning of love in Islam and historical study of geographical areas. E-MAIL:falulurahman619@gmail.com

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