“The things you can say about Islam you can’t say about any other faith,” Rashad Hussain, the first ever Special Envoy to the UN’s 57 Islamic State Organization of the Islamic Conference, said, “During tough economic times, groups that are seen to be the other … the scapegoating can increase.”
FREEPHussain travels the world on behalf of the U.S. government to improve outreach to the Muslim world. Metro Detroit has a sizeable Muslim population.
Hussain said he’s concerned about the increasing vitriol directed at Muslims, which he said may be due to their increasing visibility (terrorism and islamization) in the U.S. It’s a “reaction to a lot of progress made by Muslim communities,” he said. (Progress? That’s rich)
No sooner than President Obama named 31-year-old lawyer Rashad Hussain to be America’s new envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC), did reports surface indicating Hussain has held harshly critical views of his own country’s treatment of Muslims.
When he was growing up in the U.S, Hussain recalled that many didn’t know too much about Islam. But now, it’s more well known, he said. (And more reviled)
He urged the Muslim-American crowd at the Livonia dinner to form alliances with other groups, noting that LEFT WING Jewish-Americans have been active in fighting for the rights of other groups in American history. (Even their enemies)
One challenge for Muslim-Americans, said Hussain, is that “Muslims are still seen as an aggressor” because of terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the Times Square bomber.
At one point during his talk, Hussain recited in fluent Arabic a verse from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, that says killing one innocent life is like killing all of humanity. (A line stolen from the Jewish holy books and used merely as propganda) He said that there is a consensus of Islamic scholars that terrorism is against their faith, but “we continue to lose people to this ideology” of extremism. (That’s because terrorism is condoned and advocated in their holy books. See: TERRORISM)
A graduate of Yale Law School, Hussain once worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) on the House Judiciary Committee. He is a hafiz, meaning someone who has memorized the Quran.
He had breakfast Saturday morning at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn before his talk at the dinner by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. The Institute is a think tank founded primarily by South Asian Muslims who hope it one day becomes as noted as think tanks like the Brookings Institution. Other speakers during the dinner noted the importance of think tanks in forming policy in the U.S.