When a few days before election 2004 a BBC reporter asked me about the possibility of election fraud, I felt deeply offended and start defending America. I told him these were not elections being held in a Third World country. This was America. Now I am beginning to feel my defense was based more on nationalistic reaction than the truth.
For Muslims who can and are considering voting, the upcoming presidential election (2000) doesn't offer any easy choices. Here are a number of excerpts of discussions taking place on the internet amongst Muslims about the selection of a candidate.
With regards to voting, Muslims, for the most part, have divided into two groups: those who agree that Muslims should vote and those that don't. This is an old disagreement. But the key in all of this is to maintain respect and decency amongst Muslims, with no breakdown of relations. Here are some tips.
Asking these questions can not only give you an understanding of where the candidate stands in relation to the issues discussed, but they will also bring them to the attention of the candidates themselves. They may not even know about them, or they may not know that these are even issues of concern to Muslims in America.
The following is an interview conducted by RadioIslam.com's Sr. Itrath Syed on Muslims participating in the political process in North America.
IS: Assalamu alaikum and welcome to RadioIslam.com. Today on our panel. We're going to be discussing the electoral process in America. Our panelists today include Br. Asim Ghafoor, who is a legislative assistant to Congressman Ciro Rodriguez.
The media and politicians have sat up and started to take notice of Muslims ins the political arena but we've still got a long way to go. Why? It seems that for every two steps forward, we move one step back.
Al Gore's appointment of an Orthodox Jew, Joseph Lieberman, as a candidate for vice-president has elicited a number of reactions from Muslims in America and abroad. Some Muslims point to the dangers of this appointment, specifically noting Lieberman's pro-Israeli sympathies.
Sound Vision aims to produce content that helps build bridges of understanding among Muslims and their neighbors, with emphasis on youth.
Sound Vision would like to see Muslims achieve their full potential as dynamic and creative individuals, who are comfortable with themselves and their environment.
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Radio Islam is America's only live daily Muslim radio talk show that provides a two-way conversation on the air with Muslims and their neighbors in the Chicagoland area.
MuslimFest is an award-winning annual festival celebrating the best in Muslim art, culture, and entertainment, attended by 25,000 visitors in Toronto, Canada, every year.
Adam's World is a series of videos featuring two Muslim puppets, Adam and his sister Aneesah. Adam's World has been a source of creative Islamic education for thousands of young Muslims growing up in North America and Europe.
One America Coalition, includes groups like the ACLU, Daily Kos, J Street, Voto Latino, Color of Change, Sound Vision, Charter for Compassion, the Interfaith Center of New York, among 50 other civil liberties and interfaith organizations.