Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Coptic Preacher’s open letter to Obama on Muslim history in US
Coptic Preacher’s open letter to Obama on Muslim history in US
11 April 2010 in Op-ed
In his speech that he gave in Cairo, our president [Barack Obama] said, “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of American history.”
Have they, Mr. Obama, or was this just another peace-making pansy thrown out? Where are the facts? As a scholar in world history, I can tell you.
Other people have defiled another person’s response. They say he “got his basic facts wrong” and is “racist”. Unfortunately, those spectators were wrong on both counts. First, I am going to prove the fact that Muslim slavery in America could not have been possible.
When the flurry for North America’s colonization began, the Spanish conquistadors were one of the earliest explorers. Of course, the European monarchs and aristocrats wanted a share in the wealth too. So, they made a deal with King Mansa Musa of the south eastern Africa territory. Guns had just been successfully invented at the time, so they agreed to periodically trade guns for slaves. This is where the first African slaves were taken, because there were not enough Native Americans. Mansa Musa agreed, and you can easily find, even in a common middle school history book, that it is a plain fact that Mansa Musa was a devout Muslim. Funny how you call it “White propaganda” when it was an African who agreed to start this long slave toil.
Because he was such a devout Muslim, Mansa Musa would not even send the lowest class of Muslims into slavery, so instead, he conveniently sent the Christians to their toil.
Some other people said that Muslim blacks were in slavery.
They kept their heritage through songs of praise to the Christian God, once again proving that Mansa Musa disposed of as many African Christians as possible. So far, the only Muslim who played a part in our history was the one that started slavery.
Now I’m sure you are going to say that in early times, slaves were forced to convert to Christianity. Again, this is incorrect. It was the Spanish conquistador “missionaries” who were the ones who imposed this religion, and they didn’t even impose it on African slaves! They forced this on Native American tribes such as the Mayas, Aztecs, and even the early Olmecs. Why? Because the African slaves were already Christian!
Next, there is the civil rights movement. Surely, there could have been some black Muslims included. It would be ridiculous to say there weren’t. However, there were people of all races, including Hispanics, African-Americans, Whites, and many others. Need I remind you of our dear friend Jonathan Daniels, a white civil rights activist who was murdered in the name of this historic cause? He was given the crown of martyrdom for his act of courage, yet people continue to say that African-Americans were alone, when, in reality, the civil rights movement was something that people of many races took part in.
Oh yeah, and then there is the Women Suffrage. I’m sure that the more modern, American Muslims respect their women. But in the Middle East, women are beaten publicly if they refuse arranged marriages. In fact, even talking directly to a man is wrong. A close teacher of mine went to the Middle East for a vacation. She was at a fabric shop and she wanted to buy something, so she asked the shopkeeper, a Muslim man, to deliver it to her hotel room. He took the money angrily and when she did get the fabric, it was torn so badly that it was useless. But sure, the Muslims are real feminists.
And now we’ll come to something more recent, one of the biggest scares America has ever faced. Yes, the Muslims were all for America when they destroyed the world trade center and many lives.
And then it makes people want to ask, “Why?” Why is it that Mr. Obama so intent on helping the 9.25 million Muslims in America, when he won’t lift a finger for the 60-70 million minorities in Darfur, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and many other places? In Bush’s presidency, (yes, I am going to give you this terror of a memory) there where about 5.75 million Muslims in America. Now, during Obama’s presidency, there are about 9.25 Muslims. I’m so sure that this is all just a coincidence. Being a minority, forced to flee to America for safety, I would know maybe just a tad more about these things than those of you who have never seen terror. But, because you deem yourselves largely educated on the subject, so you insist on throwing mud at people like Mr. Morris Sadek, who has been doing nothing but expressing what he feels is the truth.
Mr. President made abortion legal, encouraged gays, and discouraged anyone to say “Islamic Jihad”.
So far, Mr. President was only presiding for Islam.
Yeah, the Muslims sure had a history. They took part in the beginning of slavery, they were in the civil rights movement, and they tried to destroy our nation on multiple occasions.
**Asaad is the head of the Evangelical Arabic Assembly of God Church, an American-based organization.
Tags: American History, Barrack Obama, Egypt, Evangelicals, History, Islam, Muslims, Nabil Asaad, Racism, Religion, Slavery
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1.Egyptian Copt and Muslim 11 April 2010 4:48 PM
Some say that Muslim slavery in the US was not possible, and others say it was. Which side is true? And what difference does it make?
2.Shane P 11 April 2010 5:32 PM
I love your hate speech and the blatant skewing of facts. Last time I checked African slaves were not singing praise to their enslaver’s god. They were forced with death to convert. That’s a “great history.”
The earliest documented cases of Muslims in America were two West African slaves: Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, who was brought to America in 1731 and returned to Africa in 1734, and Omar Ibn Said in the mid 19th century. There has been some speculation that a Moor slave Estevanico of Azamor, who had converted to Christianity 14 years before his arrival in North America in the early 16th century, was at least the first born Muslim to enter the historical record in North America.
How far back in history do you want to go before you come across how your Christian values, enslaved and committed genocide on the natives of ‘America’?
Your hate for another religion and hate for your own president due to your own political bias, makes a mockery out of you.
3.ed 11 April 2010 5:51 PM
Thanks once again for fanning the flames of sectarian violence bika masr.
4.rm 11 April 2010 6:23 PM
I agree with ed’s comment. This is an absolutely ridiculous and idiotic piece of propaganda. It is embarrassing that Bikya Masr even prints this pitiful excuse for an op-ed.
5.ron 11 April 2010 6:27 PM
ed. Notice you didn’t disagree with anything, just complained that telling the truth might make people mad. You can’t blame the truth-teller for how people react to hearing it.
6.mr 11 April 2010 7:54 PM
It would be incorrect to call the preacher a “Copt”, and yes, this just fans the flames.
7.Alex 11 April 2010 8:10 PM
I wonder who is the scum who decided to publish such garbage.
Would it be the Israeli editor of this site who is living in Egypt courtesy of a very corrupt Egyptian government, or the Coptic blood sucker who owns this site.
8.admin 12 April 2010 12:25 AM
Joseph Mayton is an American Muslim journalist living in Egypt.
9.admin 12 April 2010 12:26 AM
It is published so people can see what “influential” people are saying and that people can respond
10.ed 12 April 2010 4:44 AM
This man is not an “influential” person. I’ve never heard of him, no one I know has ever heard of him, and if you type his name into google you won’t find a single news article about him, the third link is this very BM article, and the fourth is a LinkedIn profile of a different person with the same name. When I type my own name into a search engine I get more responses, and needless to say I am not a very important person. He is not influential in the Christian community, or in the world community, only in his church that operates out of New Jersey.
And to add further insult HE IS NOT A COPT. He is an EVANGELICAL. If any of the half-wit admins on this site bothered to spent ten seconds trying to figure out who this person was they would have figured that out. It is disgusting that the people on this site can’t even write an accurate headline. And there’s the nerve to put a donate button on this site. Sorry, but you can’t cure stupidity by throwing money at it.
But my point is, that by choosing this man to represent the voice of Christian people this site is sending a clear message: “Copts” hate muslims so you’d better hate them back. I could find opinions written by “influential” muslims that believe women should by stoned to death for associating with boys and all infidels should be killed. And I could very well try and pass that off as a representation of millions of people’s view just as easily as it is done here. But I wouldn’t because I know that would be STUPID and I don’t want to add to BIGOTRY and HATE.
11.Alex 12 April 2010 5:00 AM
There is nothing influential about this thug. I would line up 100 Americans and 100 Egyptians, and if a single one recognize his name, I would apologize to the idiot who
published this piece of garbage.
I can’t even begin to argue with that shit. It is waste of anyone’s time and effort.
No one else, but you, published this so called letter to Obama. You need to be selective in what you put here for your reader. You claim to be a professional.
12.admin 12 April 2010 10:25 AM
Asaad’s office sent this to firstname.lastname@example.org – labeling himself as a Coptic preacher. Therefore, we publish it. If a Muslim scholar or preacher also wants to send a statement full of this bigotry and hatred, we would publish it, just as we publish all views all the time. You get to choose, not us.
13.Alex 12 April 2010 2:50 PM
I can’t believe that you turn your blog into a garbage can. And we assume there is here a real editor who chose real writings from real people representing different opinions. Whether this is a piece of news or an op ed piece, you have responsibility to the people who come here to present them with something real.
That person is not even a Copt. As someone who lives in Egypt, you should know by now who is a Copt. Besides, he didn’t write anything useful or real. Can you imagine how Obama election suddenly increased the American Muslims from 5.75 millions to 9 .25 millions. Do you consider this a view or opinion?
Please stay away from all those thugs, whether they call themselves “Coptic” preachers or “Muslim” preachers, at least until you know what is poison and what is a real valid opinion.
14.Nader 12 April 2010 6:04 PM
There is no such thing as a Coptic preacher. There are Copts who preach on occasion. And who is this schmuck Assad exactly? He even *looks* like a jackass.
15.Karen 12 April 2010 7:07 PM
This joker is lying right from the beginning. He says Mansa Musa, King of Mali in the early 1300’s, is responsible for sending African Christians into slavery in the Americas. The transatlantic slave trade took place beginning in the 1500’s and kidnapped and sold African Muslims and Animists into slavery. So unless Mansa Musa somehow reached out from 200 years beyond the grave to send people into slavery, this guy is propagating a big lie. The fact is that it was European Christians who created the demand for slaves and who conducted and profited from the sale of human beings into lifelong bondage, which involved a lifetime of hard physical labor, torture and then death.
16.ed 12 April 2010 8:25 PM
Bikya Masr: Send us your vengeful, half-baked rantings and we’ll pass them off as the voice of millions. No fact checks or clarity required.
17.Egyptian 13 April 2010 10:18 PM
You are such a despicable liar. You obviously know nothing about history. I refer you to the Wikipedia article on Mansa Musa:
“Musa I of Mali was the tenth mansa, meaning “king of kings”, of the Malian Empire who came to the throne in 1307……….”
Maybe you should read the whole thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_(mansa)
This king was around almost 200 years before the discovery of America. Are you such an idiot as to think that people would not search the net to verify this garbage?