Source: The Baltimore Sun
By Huma Munir
In the wake of the horrible tragedy in Nice, France, Newt Gingrich has called for the deportation of Muslims who believe in the Sharia Law. So tell me, Mr. Gingrich, will you deport me when I say a prayer before I eat? When I give alms to the needy? Or when I greet my neighbor with a smile or take care of my sick parents? Tell me exactly how you plan to tease the Sharia out of me and millions of other Muslims living in the United States? Is this your plan to isolate us and expose us to discrimination?
It is a shame that a prominent political figure like yourself is completely ignorant of what Sharia even means. You have the power to influence minds and mold perceptions. Yet, all you have done is play into the hands of ISIS‘ narrative and incite citizens against one another. You have abused your power.
It’s people like you and Donald Trump we don’t need in this country spewing vitriol. If you were truly interested in serving America, you would use your influence and intellect to bridge the gap of understanding among citizens and further the American value of tolerance, rather than foster bigotry.
But alas, Mr. Gingrich is not the only American who is ignorant about Sharia — a concept that has generated much fear and controversy over the last decade. It is true that some Islamic countries have distorted what Sharia means and have imposed harsh interpretations of the law to suit their own motives. But in reality, Sharia is a moral code that tells Muslims how to live. It sets out rules and regulations as to how we can worship God and how we can manage our financial and moral affairs to lead a just and equitable society.
Islam tells us that loyalty to one’s country is part of faith. What that means is that if the United States commanded me or any other Muslim-American to fight another nation, we would be religiously obligated to do so — even if that country happens to be Saudi Arabia where Islam is the predominant religion. We would be obligated to honor the laws of our country.