On July 3 2019, the Tennessee Tribune, a well respected news source decided to publish an article written by Rosetta Miller Perry, vigorously defending Zulfat Suara, a Nigerian Muslim woman running for an at large seat for Nashville’s Metro Council. Th entire point of this article was how bigots and racists were being hateful to Ms. Suara as she launched her campaign.
Ms. Perry, the founder of The Tennessee Tribune, was awarded the The Jocelyn D. Wurzburg Civil Rights Legacy Award which is given to individuals who have demonstrated long term advocacy to human rights. Well, Ms. Perry, perhaps you have missed a few things regarding Ms. Suara, where in her home country, and within her faith, human rights are not for everyone.
First, one must understand that Islam is Islam, no matter what country you hail from. “There is only one god, Allah, and Muhammad is the Prophet” is the Shahada, the one pillar that unifies Muslims across the globe. In order to be a good Muslim, one must follow the life of the prophet Muhammad, as he is considered to be the perfect man. Muslims must adhere to the doctrine prescribed with the Quran, The Sunnah, (traditions of Muhammad) and the Classic book of Islamic Law, the Reliance of the Traveller.
As we see everyday in Ms. Suara’s homeland of Nigeria, Christians are being systematically killed by the Islamic group Boko Haram, not for any other reason than that is what the Quran prescribes.
Quran (8:38-39) – “Say to those who have disbelieved, if they cease (from disbelief) their past will be forgiven… And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do.” Translation from the Noble Quran
Quran (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Suras 9 and 5 are the last major chapters that Muhammad narrated – hence abrogating what came before, including the oft-quoted verse 2:256 -“There is no compulsion in religion…”.
Quran (9:5) “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them…” This is one of the verses that abrogates 2:256, since prayer and charity are among the Five Pillars of Islam, as salat and zakat (see below). Some say that the textual context limits the application of this verse to non-Muslims in Arabia at the time of narration. While there is some merit to this, it does not change the fact that the Quran is sanctioning violence as a means of coercing religion.
Quran (9:11) – (Continued from above) “But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion”In conjunction with the preceding passage, this confirms that Muhammad is speaking of conversion to Islam. Quran (9:56-57) – “And they swear by Allah that they are most surely of you, and they are not of you, but they are a people who are afraid (of you). If they could find a refuge or cave or a place to enter into, they would certainly have turned thereto, running away in all haste.” This refers to people living with the Muslim tribe who may not be true believers, but must pretend to be in order to survive. They have no safe refuge to escape the Muslims. If Islam were a religion of peace, then why the fear?
Quran (2:193) – “And fight them until fitna is no more, and religion be only for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers.” The key phrase here is to fight until “religion be only for Allah.”
Qur’an (3:83) – “Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?” But didn’t the earlier verse (2:256) state that there is “no compulsion in religion”? This contradiction is resolved by abrogation – where the later verse supersedes the earlier one.
Undoubtedly, many, including Ms. Perry have some excuse why they should continue to defend Ms. Suara, most likely saying those are just a few of the verses in the Quran that are violent, some even comparing it to the violence in the bible, that anyone can cherry pick verses, blah blah blah.
How about the Christian persecution in Ms. Suara’s home country? Just this past Jan, Ms. Suara went to Nigeria to visit family members. How is it a self-professed woman of faith completely ignore the death of hundreds of Christians in her own country, especially after a recent visit? Ms. Sulfat is the same woman who accepted an award for her “interfaith” work from the Muslim Brotherhood front group the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Just 2 months after her visit, over 100 Christians were killed by Muslims in Nigeria, and yet not one word from Ms. Suara. She did however speak out when on March 15, 51 Muslims were killed in New Zealand.
I would like to think Ms. Perry would be questioning why Ms. Suara doesn’t condemn Christians being slaughtered at the hands of Muslims, Boko Haram specifically. No doubt Ms. Suara would ensure her that’s not her Islam, it’s those bad Muslims.
One of the most disturbing procedures that occur to young females in Islam, is female genital mutilation. Not only is this barbaric, but it is against the law in Tennessee. Don’t believe it’s a “cultural thing”, it is not, but it is Islamic law, which Ms. Suara follows.
Maybe someone should ask Ms. Suara why she and other female Muslim activists do not speak out against this antiquated practice. It happens every day right here in the U.S. Oh never mind, Ms. Suara already spoke her piece when Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim woman from Somalia, who was in fact a victim of FGM and now speaks out against it, suggested women should support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court judge. You don’t have to agree on the politics, but stating there is a special place in hell for women with differing views, from a pious Muslim is hypocritical.
Are you still pro Ms. Suara Ms Perry? Yes, I bet you are.
So how about anti-Semitism? How does a Christian woman like Ms. Perry feel about comments made by Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib? If you don’t find them offensive, then you probably don’t mind Ms. Suara using social media to state she is “inspired by” them, and “honored” to know them.
Both Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have been reckless, and divisive in their attacks, but they also have shown they too align with terrorist organizations such as CAIR/Hamas, and Hezbollah.
Speaking of aligning with terror groups, Ms. Suara accepted an award from the Muslim Brotherhoods largest front group in America, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). While the MB has not yet been designated a terror organization within the U.S, it has been in Middle Eastern Countries. So many Americans have been led to falsely believe the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate political party, whom America should recognize. No, Ms. Perry they are not. In fact, evidence that was presented in a federal trial in Dallas TX in 2008 revealed the true agenda of all Muslim Brotherhood groups in America. Is the destruction of our country, and ALL other religions acceptable to you? Ms. Suara attends their conferences, and receives their awards!
As a true champion of civil rights, and seeing the wrath of hate by the KKK, Ms. Rosetta Miller Perry should see the problem with supporting someone like Ms. Suara. It isn’t about her being black. It isn’t about her being a Muslim. Very simply, it is about her ideology, and stance with those who truly hate. Yes there have been disparaging remarks about her, but facts do not equate with bigotry, racism or hate.
Having worked with Martin Luther King, I would expect Ms. Perry to stand back and ask herself this. If a woman, running for a political office was attending KKK conferences, and was given an award for her work endorsed by the KKK, would you support her? If that same woman praised leaders of the KKK, stating she was “inspired” by , and honored to have met them, would you still support her? If the woman running for a political office knows people are being slaughtered by KKK members, and is silent on their demise, would you support her?
Make no mistake, the KKK is no different than the Muslim Brotherhood and its offspring. Their hearts are filled with hate, and minds with thoughts of destruction and division.
Labeling is easy, being open minded and thoughtful is not.