Blowin’ in the Wind: Trumpism and Traditional Islam in America
Yahya Birt
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Yahya Brit has promise. The article is just recounting some already public facts. It makes two judgements that one of which may go un-noticed that is the “Traditional Islamic Movement” in America and by extension in the Western Hemisphere is represented by Hamza Yusuf etc. How true is this? I am afraid that this is a “reality” not necessarily a “true.” What concerns me is the absence of healthy opposition and that challenging the narrative of persons grata like brother Hamza is seen like taboo or stigma. The second point Yayha’s choice of title phrasing taken from the legendary singer “Blowing in the Wind”. It seem like he has made a foregone conclusion that the activism of his old teacher is just ‘blowing in the wind.’ Do I agree? Or, if I understood that pun correctly, does it make any difference how one chooses to spend the little time assigned to each of us on this earth? Our life is plagued with decisions that we make alone, with the help of others or through the soliciting of their help. That’s Hamza and his teacher’s Baseerah. What’s mine — where do I or you stand? — I am forced to ask myself. Looking at our unfolding history there are many lenses with which it can be viewed. The current metaphysical one being imposed upon the masses is fatalistic. In other words, our history is deterministic (which I can accept) and so intentionality and or resistance is futile and invalid. A proposition, I cannot accept. Inaction and silence is a choice of action amongst possible decision choices and therefore is also accountable. The argument of the minority going against the seeming reality of the majority is a David versus Goliath scenario. We are reminded by God however, that history is littered with examples of victories of the weak few over the many. Lastly, we the uncivilized few of the underdeveloped world are often told that a fundamental characteristic of democratic societies is the existence of a healthy opposition. What is the most alarming development of our times the crushing of criticism, debate or dissent.

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