Muslim Ameicans Essay

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Trajectory With the American Jewish Community”
By Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Issue Date: November 2011

Editor’s Note: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, internationally known Muslim leader who lives and teaches in New York City and is a friend to BJ’s rabbis and other faith leaders, wrote an essay for the book Muslims and Jews in America,1 from which the excerpts below are taken. In this essay he outlines the commonalities faced by faith traditions of immigrant religions in America—particularly Judaism and Islam.
… Any student of American immigrant history recognizes that the path to integration in the United States has always been painfully difficult. As a result, it is important that as Muslims struggle to establish themselves within the context
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The Abrahamic ethic destroys those barriers that keep us from loving one another as God has intended.
… [B]ecause we all have equal human status and have been given free will by God, we all have certain inalienable liberties, the most significant being the choice to accept or reject the very Creator that brought us into existence. According to the Muslim tradition, as stated in the Qur’an, God created humans with this critical element of free will.2 Human free will, the liberty to make individual choices—and individual mistakes—is essential to human dignity. Only if humans have free will can we be held individually accountable for our choices and actions. But individual humans can and do freely exercise their will in ways that also sow inequality and limit the liberties of others, thus freely choosing to engage in unjust and tyrannical behavior. Jews, Christians, and Muslims interpret strict sensibilities of right and wrong behavior from this ethos, embodied in a particularly strong sense of social justice.
The oneness of God and the oneness of humankind define the Abrahamic Ethic.
… Just as Muslim communities have been cast in the institutional and cultural contexts of places such as Yemen, Senegal and Indonesia, so too are they now re-inventing themselves in the U.S. This process is essential to Islam’s development in the U.S. because, for example, Islam as practiced just as it is in rural Pakistan simply does not work in the milieu of urban

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