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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

US denies entry to Western Muslim Scholars

Assalamu Alaikum,
President Bush At WarUS Government accuse Muslims for extremism and imposing restrictions on personnel freedom. But when it comes to practice they are the first to break their own rules. Recently there has been a sting of entry denials by the US Government to Western Islamic scholars who attempt to visit the United States on invitations by American universities and organizations. Under the ironic heading, “Fear Of A Muslim Opinion” the resourceful community blog, altmuslim.com reports on recent US entry denials to some top Islamic scholars from Western countries.

A pattern of denied entries to the United States of Muslim scholars - with no evidence given - is exacerbating tensions caused by an already existing lack of dialogue [between America and Muslims]

Swiss academic Professor Tariq RamadanIn September, American authorities upheld their ban of noted Swiss academic Tariq Ramadan, who had a previous visa revoked in 2004 before he could begin a tenured position at the University of Notre Dame. Reason given for the denial was a small contribution made to a Palestinian charity allegedly linked to Hamas before the charities were blacklisted by the US. (Note: Tariq Ramadan is a renowned academic in Europe and many view him as the leading figure of European Muslims. His official site is tariqramadan.com)

British Muslim leader Dr. Kamal El HelbawyBritish Muslim leader Dr. Kamal Helbawy was denied entry in New York on October 18, despite not being on any no-fly list and serving as an advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Two South African scholars - Adam Habib and Fazlur Rahman Azmi - were denied entry after reaching the US, visas in hand, prompting intervention by the South African government, to no avail.

Interestingly they are Muslim Islamic scholars from Western countries and respected by Muslims as well as non-Muslims. However these are only some high profile cases. In addition to scholars, there have been many recent entry denials to the United States that include students, academics and businessmen. Besides entry denials recent years have seen many Muslims being deported from the US on flimsy allegations that seem to be getting bizarre by the day.

Couple of months back, former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami had his visa personally approved by President George Bush and visited United States in a lecture tour. Then many were seen praising the Bush administration for its openness to differing opinions. That openness seems to be ‘pick and choose’ openness when it comes to Western Islamic scholars. Perhaps they’ll be allowed to enter if they were to come from Iran!

9 Comments:

Blogger The Bengali said...

Salaam

Na no offense taken bro

I am just really busy with school work and such

however

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=25814968&postID=114992596799053243

if you click on show original post...it has one of my posts about my current perception of everything...

take care

2:03 AM  
Blogger Chet said...

Why does that not surprise me. I am sick of our government bending over backwards to kiss Israel's butt. We are no better than Israel. May God have mercy on all of us, fighting for justice. Sorry if I sound angry. Enough is ENOUGH!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Unite Muslims said...

The Bengali:
It's realy nice the way you took my critism at your blog. I think I was too harsh to you at your blog, :(

10:44 PM  
Blogger Unite Muslims said...

Chet:
Yaeh, it really sad the situation in US. Its a shame on a great country.

Islam is not a threat to America but a Challenge, but the way the Bush administration deals with it makes things worse. What's needed is dialogue.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indian Muslims are the second largest community on religious basis (over 20% of India's population is Muslim).Now, of course, to an outsider a Muslim is a Muslim is a Muslim.But is it true?No!, says Mohib. Here is why: Poverty amongst Indian Muslims and the Reasons

11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not a rhetorical rant but a serious question that needs reflection and introspection that Why wouldn't Indian Muslims leave India to live in Pakistan/Bangladesh?. Read more on Why wouldn't Indian Muslims leave India to live in Pakistan/Bangladesh?

11:29 PM  
Anonymous frankk2k@yahoo.com said...

I see muslims as weak poor souls and their leaders as worse than vampires for leading them to hell.

2:08 AM  
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