I write this
open letter today, in behalf of Congressman and Presidential candidate
Dr. Ron Paul, to the American Muslim community. The spirit is similar
to letters (here,
also see here)
written to other religious and nonreligious communities in behalf
of Dr. Paul. In fact, the spirit is identical to all the other ones;
they all were about freedom. Freedom is the source of all of Dr.
Paul's positions on the issues that matter to Americans in general
and American Muslims in particular.
imply that we have the right to freely associate and worship, without
fear. Ever since the Patriot Act was passed, Muslims have invariably
felt they were being targeted. Whether they are or not, the message
of the Patriot Act has certainly undermined the way many innocent
Muslims practice their religion. First generation American Muslims
have come here in peace, and their children were born and now live
here in peace. Our crime rates bear this out; they are among the
lowest on a per capita basis of all ethnic groups. First,
second, and now third-generation American Muslims call this their
home, and their land — the land, let me remind you, of the free.
This Patriot Act takes away from American Muslims freedom in the
fullest sense of the word (one where individuals do not trample
on the rights of others).
Dr. Paul has
voted “no” on the Patriot Act and wiretapping of Americans. Dr.
Paul wants government out of our businesses, out of our homes, out
of our wallets, out of our bedrooms and out of our places of worship.
Other than Dr. Paul and Congressman Dennis Kucinich, no other candidate
has voted or even come out against the Patriot Act. He describes
himself as the defender of our birthright liberties and freedoms
as reaffirmed in the US Constitution.
foreign policy and the Middle East are always on our minds. I still
remember the days leading up to the Iraq war. Most American Muslims
along with countless numbers of Americans from all religious and
non-religious backgrounds opposed the war in Iraq. Not only did
Muslims, like many other Americans, realize that the war was unjustified
and will do nothing but wreak havoc in the already volatile Middle
East, but we also knew that the war will have a direct impact on
our freedom at home. Our tax money was used, much to our dislike,
to fund the war that directly and indirectly resulted in the death
and injury of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, as well as
thousands of American troops, in a war that was based on false pretences;
on actual lies. This taking of hard-earned tax money and spending
it on foreign military intervention (in the Middle East and elsewhere)
most certainly reduces our financial freedoms, and our sincerest
concerns are about the harm incurred on innocent Iraqi citizens
(Muslim and non-Muslim alike) and on America's image in the Muslim
world, as a consequence of this war.
Dr. Paul has
voted “no” on the authorization to go to war with Iraq. Dr. Paul
would also eliminate federal income taxes, which disallows us from
spending our hard-earned money on humanitarian causes that are just
and worthwhile. Dr. Paul promises an immediate end to the IRS.
I also remember
the years when countless American Muslim individuals and organizations
pressured the Clinton and Bush administrations to end pre-war sanctions
on Iraq that indirectly resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands
of innocent Iraqi civilians, especially the frail and the young.
Then, too, we felt the pain in bringing such death and misery upon
a people, with whom we strongly identify as fellow Muslims, as a
result of unnecessary and unjust sanctions. Moreover, having our
government, in our name, perform such aggressive actions against
the people of Iraq against our will (and the will of countless other
Americans who opposed the sanctions) most certainly takes away from
In very sharp
contrast, Dr. Paul consistently voted against sanctions on pre-war
fighting in Palestine, it has now been decades and the conflict
has still not been resolved despite the countless interventionist
efforts by many American administrations. All these years of intervening
by the US government in the Holy Land has not brought any peace.
Many believe, as I do, that if the US government ceases to intervene
in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and withdraws all financial
and military aid to all nations in the region, both Arabs and Israelis
(of all creeds) would have stronger reasons and incentives to resolve
the issue permanently. Needless to say, the financial and military
aid that all the countries in the region receive comes directly
from our hard-earned tax money. This, as with the Iraq question,
diminishes our financial freedom to choose to reject sending any
tax-payer dollars, which only results in fueling the conflict in
the Middle East.
Dr. Paul has
consistently voted in favor of non-interventionism in the Middle
Here are some
of the other issues that matter to American Muslims, and Dr. Paul's
position on these issues:
As Muslims we believe that the unborn have a right to freedom
and a right to life as an individual. As an OB/GYN doctor, Dr.
Paul has delivered over 4,000 babies. In 40 years of medical
practice, he has never considered performing an abortion, nor
did he ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant
woman. His professional and legislative record demonstrates
his strong commitment to this pro-life principle.
Freedom: Muslims are generally concerned over the government's
escalating rejection of the freedom to choose how citizens take
care of their health. Many Muslims have concerns over obligatory
health insurance plans that are based on an enforced universal
health care system. Dr. Paul stands strongly against government
intervention in health care choices.
and Islamophobia: We are all aware of the recent tide of increased
(mostly verbal, with frequent physical) attacks on Muslims based
on ignorance: Islamophobia. This has recently been heightened
as a direct result of the use of such terms as “Islamofascism”
and "Islamic Terrorism." Dr. Paul’s position on racism
and bigotry is very clear. Dr. Paul says (from his campaign website):
that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has
become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.
collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.
as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry.
Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot
change people’s hearts by passing more laws and regulations.”
of all the presidential candidates, I truly believe that Dr. Paul
is the best candidate to restore the freedoms of all Americans.
He has the best policy on the conflicts in the Middle East. On the
issues, Dr. Paul's position is strongly in line with the Muslim
I know that
many of you would bring up the fact (and very strange coincidence)
that Dr. Paul is a Republican from Texas. Last time American Muslims
overwhelmingly voted for a Republican from Texas has turned out
to be, to say the least, not quite the right choice. Well, to this
concern I have two straightforward answers:
record is consistent and solid. This can be verified by checking
his voting record over the last 30 years as a Congressman. I
also recommend his books Freedom
under Siege and A
Foreign Policy of Freedom.
reason to choose Dr. Paul is inspired by a lesson we read frequently
in the Qur'an: “The noblest among you in God’s sight is the
one who best performs his duty.” And I believe that, among all
the candidates, Dr. Paul is the one with the best and most consistent
record to assume the very crucial duty of the US presidency.
And there are
no better words to conclude with than these.
Ali [send him mail]