Imam tells American Muslims to collaborate with imperialism
- As Ibrahim Alloush correctly pointed out in the Free Arab Voice
(www.freearabvoice.org), the real suicidal Muslims are the Muslims
in the USA and other imperialist countries who think they can win
respect and rights by kissing the hands of their imperialist and
Zionist oppressors. The following article is another illustration
of that. It appeared on page B2 of the Wednesday, 12 February
2003 edition of <The Arizona Republic> and is credited to reporter
Michael Clancy of the same paper.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
COMMUNITY EVENTS: EID-UL-ADHA
UNIFY, IMAM TELLS MUSLIMS
Thousands Gather To Commemorate Conclusion Of Hajj
Muslims must remain united and stand as a model for peace and tolerance,
a gathering of thousands of Valley Muslims was told Tuesday.
They were there to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha, the end of the month of
pilgrimage to Mecca.
With men in front and women in back, many dressed in national costume
and others attired for work, Muslims of a variety of traditions prayed
together at the Exhibits Building on the grounds of the Arizona
Exposition and State Fair Park. The event was put on by seven valley
They were addressed by Imam Marwan Saddeddin, who told them that even
in a time of anxiety and anger, Muslims need to remain unified in the
face of intolerance.
Deedra Abboud of the Arizona office of the Council on American-Islamic
Relations said 10,000 Muslims reside in Maricopa County. Many of them
were born in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, she said.
An estimated 4,000 attended the event.
Security was present but not intrusive. A.J. Manasier, head of security
for the event, said the government's orange alert status required a
heightened level of awareness, if not an overwhelming security presence.
The event took place peacefully, highlighted by Saddeddin's remarks.
He said the United States stands for respect and freedom, despite
what appears to be imminent war against Iraq. He said that Islam
historically has been a peaceful religion and never forced anyone
into the faith.
"Be proud to be Muslims," he said. "Be proud of who you are."
He said Muslims should ignore verbal assaults.
"Let's come together," he said. "Let us avoid nationalism and tribalism.
We have to establish a strong Muslim community to have an impact on this
society and show that we are good people."
After his talk, Saddeddin said President Bush is taking advantage of
the war on terrorism to go after Islam and Iraq.
"I'm an American citizen," he said, "and I have sworn to be loyal to
this country. At the same time, I must be loyal to my faith."