Despite the fact that many critics are calling President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Islam-majority countries a “Muslim ban,” some Islamic adherents and former Muslim devotees are actually speaking out in favor of it.
Christian TV host Isik Abla, who describes herself as a former radical Muslim-turned-Christian evangelist, told CBN News that, while the order could make things more difficult for her family, she fully supports it.
“It’s not about liking it or not. Personally, maybe I don’t like it because it’s going to affect me and my family,” she said. “But it is about doing what is right and what is wise, and I believe this ban is the wisest thing (that) is happening right now.”
Abla continued, saying that America, over the past eight years, has “foolishly opened its doors to all the Muslim world, including the radicals” in an effort to look “nice,” but that this has been akin to “shaking hands with the devil.”
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Abla went on to frame Trump’s executive order as a positive show of power that she believes is well-intended. “And now, somebody comes with a backbone and says, ‘You know what? I am going to put an end to this, because this is not good,'” Abla said, citing her view on Trump’s motivation for the order. “I call this an act to protect freedom. I support it 100 percent.”
And she’s not alone. Raheel Raza, a Muslim human rights activist born in Pakistan, told Fox News that, though she disagrees with Trump’s “terminology,” she believes he is bringing up a much-needed conversation, and that people don’t have to like him to engage in that discussion.
“It’s not a ban on Islam, or any religion,” Raza said. “There is so much hysteria surrounding this order that it’s unfortunately barring reason and logic. Trump is not politically correct at all. (If he wanted to) he would say outright that it was a Muslim ban.” Dr. Zuhudi Jasser, head of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, added his view that vetting for extremism isn’t anti-Muslim and, in fact, said “there is nothing more pro-Muslim than vetting jihadists.”
“In the cold war, we vetted against communism, for communist theory and ideology,” Jasser told Fox News.”That was part of the immigration process. I hope we begin to engage reformist Muslims. We need to stop with identity politics.
But as Faithwire previously reported, others have voiced serious concerns, with David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, telling Faithwire that he believes the provisions could make the situation worse for Christians overseas.
“The concept of prioritizing only Christians and other refugees belonging to religious minority groups while denying entry to Muslims is concerning,” he said. “Not only is this concept antithetical to our faith as Christians, but it can also result in placing a target on the backs of Christians in countries plagued by Islamic extremism.”
(H/T: Fox News)
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