2018-05-12 16:01:12 UTC
by Majid Rafizadeh
May 12, 2018 at 5:00 am
Many extremist Muslims believe that their religious desire is coming true in
in the US. Religiously speaking, for extremist Muslims, ruling America is
Allah's (God's) word. To them, a sacred promise is coming to fruition.
What does being the second-largest religion in a country mean? Voters impact
local and national politics, swing domestic elections, elect more
representatives from the same religious affiliation, are influential enough
to determine who the next president of the United States may be, and change
the laws of the land.
This sense of immunity and dismissal led to the downfall of many countries
"Soon," said the letter, "America Will Be Ours".
The writer, it became clear, was an extremist Muslim in the U.S. who claimed
to be a reputable religious preacher. With each new word, concern grew.
He pointed out, throughout the letter, the "sinful" ways of the West:
dancing, drinking, dating...
He expressed disgust that most women did not wear the hijab or participate
in prayer five times a day. Then he got straight to the point: "Ours," he
explained, represented Muslims like him.
The sentiment is hardly a new one. A person hears similar proclamations from
many Muslim extremists throughout the years. The real shock was not letter
but the reaction of many Americans after seeing it.
Such a thing, they said, could never happen. The writer's words were "just
bluster," nothing to be taken seriously. Most surprisingly, they stated --
honestly -- that Muslims who speak of such intentions do not really mean
what they say, so these threats should not be cause for concern.
The history of the two nations where I grew up -- Iran and Syria -- taught
all of us there a big lesson about living in this kind of ignorance: the
reality of how quickly a nation can be consumed by the philosophies of a
religious state. An authoritarian and malicious regime, as exists now in
Iran -- the world's leading sponsor of terrorism and brutal even to its own
people -- is something we cannot forget.
In a few centuries, in Syria, where more than 90% percent of the population
were Christians, and in Iran where an overwhelming majority of citizens were
Zoroastrians, the demography drastically shifted to majority-Muslim. Neither
nation could have anticipated such a change.
While many may underestimate the radical preacher's claims that "Soon,
America Will Be Ours", for extremist Muslims these beliefs are strongly and
Many extremists believe that their religious desire -- for a "Muslim
takeover of the White House, a directive from Muhammad himself " -- is
coming true in the US. Religiously speaking, for these Muslims, ruling
America is Allah's (God's) word, a sacred promise is coming to fruition.
A recent survey and demographic research released by the Pew Research Center
found that Muslims will soon overtake members of other religions, including
Jews, as the second-largest religious group in the United States.
This issue should not be taken lightly. What does being the second-largest
religion in a country mean? Voters impact local and national politics, swing
domestic elections, elect more representatives from the same religious
affiliation, are influential enough to determine who the next president of
the United States may be, and change the laws of the land. All it takes is a
subtle shift in power for the entire society, political system and culture
of a nation to be changed.
The number of Muslims in the US has increased by 40% in just five years --
between 2010-2015 -- while in the same period the non-Muslim population of
the US has grown by only five percent. This means that the Muslim population
is growing almost eight times faster than the non-Muslim population in the
As an adult, in the Muslim world, I came to hear verses and hadiths
frequently used by extremists and carved into their minds. To them, these
are the true instructions and predictions of the most powerful being. Those
Muslims strongly believe that these verses and hadiths (sayings of Muhammad)
will come true because they are issued by Allah (God) or by his messenger,
Muhammad. Allah, for instance, says in the Qur'an Chapter (9:33) sūrat
al-tawbah (The Repentance):
"It is he (Allah) who has sent his Messenger with guidance and the religion
of truth (Islam), in order for it to be dominant over all other religions,
even though the Mushrikoon (disbelievers) hate it."
A popular hadith is:
"Verily Allah has shown me the eastern and western part of the earth, and I
saw the authority of my Ummah (nation) dominate all that I saw"
Some extremist Muslims believe that Allah and Muhammad predicted that they
would rule over America even before America was discovered by Europeans. As
a certain radical Muslim activist said on ABC news, "Indeed, we believe that
one day, the flag of Islam will fly over the White House." He quoted a
saying of Muhammad, from the Muslim scholar Al-Tabarani in the 10th-century.
"The final hour," he said, "will not come until Muslims conquer the White
Many extremists also insist that Muslims do not need to be the majority in a
country in order to take over the government: "A small portion of Muslims
will rise and conquer the White House."
In the belief of fundamentalist Muslims, it is the obligation of every
Muslim to pave the way for Islam to dominate America. They are encouraged to
use various methods to ensure that this occurs -- these include force,
violence and waging jihad (holy war).
Any action taken for the purpose of accomplishing that goal is applauded by
Muslim extremists worldwide. Islamists and Islamist states, for instance,
heavily praised, and quoted Louis Farrakhan when he predicted that, "God
will destroy America at the hands of the Muslims. God will not give Japan or
Europe the honor of bringing down the United States; this is an honor God
will bestow upon Muslims."
There is historical proof of great nations succumbing to the ideals of
extreme and determined radical groupsy. History has often taught hard
lessons to powerful nations. Before one dismisses the danger America faces,
take the time to learn about the past and just how easily and swiftly
irreversible changes can happen: Russia in 1917, Germany 1933, Egypt in
1952, Iran in 1979, and so forth. Do not underestimate the ability of
radical Islam to take over your government and impose Sharia law throughout
this once free nation.
Americans should not think that they will somehow be an exception to that
historical rule. This sense of immunity and dismissal led to the downfall of
many countries throughout time. If Americans do not take the issue
seriously, history may teach them the hard way that what once seemed
impossible is here.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated
scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review,
and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He
has authored several books on Islam and US Foreign Policy. He can be reached
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