From politics is to leave off politics

This is a famous statement made by Shaikh Naasir Ud Deen Al Albani wherein he demonstrated that delving into international politics is not for everyone. Rather, it is for those who specialize and are experienced in these matters. This past weekend, Donald Trump’s Riyaadh visit definitely displayed the vast difference between seasoned diplomats and armchair politicians.

If one looked at the whole anti-terrorism conference one would have noted the following:

  1. The hospitality that himself and his band of merry men were treated with in Saudi Arabia.
  2. The fact that before Trump’s speech King Salmaan criticized those who discriminate against others based upon nationality (and this was a hallmark in Trump’s campaign)
  3. That Trump was invited to speak in front of over 50 Muslim heads of state. And Trump HAD to be diplomatic and said the following:

i. That terrorism has no religion

ii. That most of the victims of terrorism are Muslims

ii. That Islam is one of the world’s great religions and a religion of peace

iii. That there is land in Saudi Arabia which is sacred

4. Trump himself had to hear about the anti-terrorism efforts made by Muslim             nations and meet several heads of state.

In other words, through extremely sharp and astute diplomacy King Salmaan was able to bring Trump to nullify months of anti-Muslim rhetoric within 30 minutes. And I am sure that this sent shock waves throughout the Right Wing establishment who will definitely see Trump as a traitor who has annulled  their cause for white power.

It is a possibility that as Western Muslims we may not understand the wisdom of such diplomacy because as a minority our diplomacy may have been based upon political confrontation. But at times we have to keep an open mind and understand that there may be different ways to get the same result.

Notwithstanding the fact that there are issues where constructive criticism is warranted (and this is done in front of the ruler not on the internet and the streets) we have to have a proper understanding regarding the possible relationships that Muslims and Non-Muslims can have according to the legislation. And once we build our understanding of this issue upon knowledge rather than street talk and rhetoric a proper judgment can be made.

Hence, although I dislike Trump and his racist, narcissistic, bullying mentality we should not make our dislike of individual propel us to opposing the injunctions of Islam.

And Allah knows best.

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