I was just wondering if anyone had any certain veiws on the topic, I have heard some mulsims say there is no room for Islam in America, and no room for America in Islam, I just want to talk rationally about it, I can't help but feel like I am looked at like Im doing something haram for loving America and supporting my country, even if I dont totally agree 100% of the time, any other American feel the same way? fee free to say anything, positive or negitive. May Allah be with you!
I am an America-loving Muslim.
I do not agree with all the policies and laws the government enacts, but at least I can vote leaders I don't like out of power (unlike countries with Kings/Queens/Amirs/Dictators).
I do not like seeing young girls wearing revealing, sexy clothing - but their right to wear it is countered by Muslim, Amish, Mennonite, Mormon, true Christian's right to wear conservative, covering clothing.
I do not like to see women pregnant outside of marriage, but I like that there are supports in place for these women besides prison or forced marriage (Kuwait sends unmarried pregnant women to prison for 2 years if they do not marry the father of the baby - when I went to get married, there was a pregnant lady with a man who were getting married in handcuffs because the Kuwaiti sponsor of the lady insisted she marry the guy because the Kuwaiti family still wanted her as their servant).
I DO wish the US had more executions for drug dealers and rapists/child sex offenders - I promote this idea often; I can promote it because I am free to say that I think the government is wrong.
I do not like that movies/TV/music seems to be the way that foreigners learn about America, because they are all so false as to who/what American people really are - as a matter of fact, in the early 1900s, Egyptian movies were banned in the US because they were too risque with the nearly-naked belly dancers so popular in them - who was the bad influence on who?
As an American, I can criticize my president, elected officials, and government freely; in Kuwait, it is against the law to publicly say anything negative about the Amir or any member of the Royal Family.
In America, we have access to free education for our children, even if they are illegally in the US. In Kuwait, free education is only for Kuwaiti children, although all children are required by law to attend school - so private schools are a thriving business here, many times to the detriment of actual education.
In America, you can build a mosque in a small city in the middle of farm land, and most people in the community will "stop by" to say HI and Welcome (and just be politely "nosey" about the new neighbors!), and will ask questions about Islam, providing Muslims a chance to educate them.
In America, we have some of the most advanced medical centers in the world, and the most pharmacuetical research centers; we do have to work on making all these great things more affordable for all our citizens.
In America, Americans (as a people) donate more per person to charity than any other country in the world, although our country (the government) is not the highest government. What does that mean? The average American is a very giving person, without being forced to do so.
In America, we pay lots of taxes, but not as much as most European countries or some other countries. These taxes are used for improving schools, roads/bridges, senior care, national/state/local parks & recreation centers available to everyone, medical care for the poorest members, emergency response teams, and many other things.
In America, it is easy to go to college/university and study pretty much anything you want to study - prices range from free to big $$$$, and there are many government programs to help those without money to further their education.
In America, it is easy to move from state to state to find jobs, education, spouses, natural beauty, or pretty much anything else you want to find. America is huge, and therefore stereotyping "Americans" that is done by many non-Americans is usually only ever about 10% correct, because the different major areas of America are so different from each other.
American people are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, Mormon, Agnostic, Atheist, and many more (Arlington National Cemetery offers over 30 religious emblem options for soldiers buried there) - you are free to choose one or none of these; you are not forced to be one or the other, nor to decline one or another. I honestly wish more people were more committed in their religious beliefs, because all major religions tend to share a common basic belief - we much be good and nice to each other.
Americans work in every walk of life - there are Americans who are doctors, lawyers, engineers, and politicians; Americans who are teachers, bus drivers, waiters/waitresses, and hair stylists; Americans who are garbage collectors, sewer cleaners, stable-muckers, and janitors; Americans who invent ideas, products, and medical advances; and everyone one of them gets the same vote and has the opportunity to do what they desire (unlike caste systems in some countries - formal or not - or gender stereotypes in others).
Is America perfect!? Oh my goodness NO NO NO! But given the alternatives around the world (and I have traveled to many places around the world), if I could choose only one country to stay in for the rest of my life, it would be America in a heart beat. Thankfully, though, I do not have to choose, because I love to travel and currently live in Kuwait and I haven't seen enough of the world yet!
Besides, how is America ever to become a Muslim country, or the world a Muslim world, if no Muslims live, work, and cooperate in non-Muslim societies? So many times, posters here say they want to live in Mecca or Medina - well, if the goal of Muslims is to have all the world be Muslim, 6 billion Muslims can't all live in Saudi Arabia, let alone 2 cities! We cannot educate and convert others if we are not being visible examples of what Islam really is.
Anyway, I hope, Erica, this response is what you were looking for when you posted your thoughts...I am sure there is someone that is going to point-by-point pull everything I said apart, so I will just say now to whomever that person is going to be, I will not post again in this thread because I am old enough to know that my opinions are not going to be swayed by the things that you say, just like I know that you are firm in your opinions and will not be swayed; so if I posted again, I would probably resort to defying that old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." - so, I won't say anything at all if you rip me apart. Because, I am American, and I believe you have the freedom to your opinion, just like I have to mine.