Posted by: Dawud Israel | October 6, 2007

The Outsider Phenomenon

A man who was once among the people and well-known leaves. But returns with the air of the Divine. He is an alien who know possess the ability to revolutionize. Such was the case of the Prophets (as).

Now today you have the scenario of someone from afar coming with a totally different world-view and mindset that the the native people are absolutely amazed at this person. They are like a ‘messiah’ or like someone who has come to save them from their miserable little lives.

Does this story not happen all the time in the West? A foreign Muslim comes from afar–the disbelievers looks at them strangely and the disbelieving women fall in love with their mysterious nature. Does the Muslim do something or does he not? This is the case of the Muslims who went to India, where even today you will find that Muslim men are observed by Hindus as being from ‘outside’ and even the Hindus will not deny their is something other-worldly about these people. The case was no different in Indonesia and her surrounding lands. The businessman was seen as strange and different and then he bowed his head to the ground at five times in a day, speaking a different melodious tongue. And so Islam spread.

The same phenomenon took place when the Europeans first arrived on the shores of the Americas. Who were these pale-faced people? Were they gods? The same other-worldly attitude was denoted to them. And yet they were not from the Prophets nor from the Angels–but from the Shaytaans. Their role was destructive. And remains so.

And so this is where we find ourselves. The Muslim comes to North America and rather than realizing the Islamic aura he carries and living the Dawah–he shies away and chooses to assimilate and become less than what he truly he is. Perhaps he wishes to stay in his little bubble or perhaps he simply cannot survive in a niche other than his own. Is it out of modesty? Or is this a false excuse and the ulterior motive lies in Shaytaans whisper?

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.

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