he needs islam

anonymous asked:

Did anyone ever actually take Fukuyama seriously? He's been a punchline for as long as I can remember but I'm young and have a short memory.

Yeah like The End of History and the Last Man came out in 1992 and you can imagine how the climate in the 1990s might be more receptive to the notion that American style liberal democracy represented the “final evolution” of things.

Like he’s most famous for that silly-ass prophecy but I wouldnt call him a full-blown idiot even if I disagree with him on most things. I remember watching a video of a talk he gave where during the Q&A portion someone came up and asked if he thought Islam needed its own Protestant Reformation to emphasize reason against fundamentalism and Fukuyama did a pretty good shutdown of that idea (at one point he was like “Uh, you do realize that it was Luther and Calvin that said faith should be fully supreme over reason?”)

The believer is such that his joy is evident on his face whereas his sorrow is in his heart. His breast is at its widest [i.e. biggest heart] but his ego is at his lowest. He despises high ranks and shuns reputation. His grief is long-lasting and his ambition is lofty. His silence is much and his time occupied. He is grateful, extremely patient, and immersed in deep thought. He is prudent with his needs. He is good-natured and mild-tempered. His soul is firmer than steel whilst his ego remains lower than a slave.
—  Imam Ali (as), Bihar al Anwar
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِىْ الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِىْ الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَّقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire.
—  Qur’an, Surat Al-Baqarah (2:201)

وَمَنْ يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ

And whoever has tawakkul [puts all of his affairs in Allah’s hands], then Allah is all that he needs.

coolredbeans  asked:

Can trump really ban a religion ? Or deport it? Like does he have the power and ability ?

No. The federal government can never ban a religion—no matter the religion, no matter public opinion on its validity (you can’t ban Satanism!), the particular administration in power, or anything in between.

Free exercise of religion and the right to religious practice without government interference is a civil right, protected under the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution (plus a whole lot of associated stuff from the Supreme Court I won’t get into right now.) This is what the ACLU means, when they say they’ll be on Trump’s ass if he tries to deport all Muslims—even if he issued an executive order stating so, it would be flagrantly and obviously unconstitutional and fold like wet paper at the first constitutional challenge.

(There is a dangerous caveat to this, which is that the “check” of the Supreme Court only works when the executive branch recognizes its authority. For example, in Worcester v. Georgia, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had no authority in Native American affairs or on its property. Supposedly, President Andrew Jackson replied, “[Justice] John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!“

I’m not saying that we’ll see a repeat of that behavior, but it’s not as ludicrous as it might have seemed with other candidates.)

However, what the government can do is make things very very difficult for Muslim American immigrants. I recently had the privilege of listening to an oral argument about disclosure of potential terrorist affiliations on immigration forms—’do you know or have you ever known anyone involved in x group?’ has nothing to do with religion, but can act as a dogwhistle for “Muslim immigrant.” And if the goal is to stop terrorists from entering the U.S., to deport terrorists and protect us from terrorists, then it’s not unconstitutional, it’s in the service of public safety and national security.

And of course, none of this touches on the culture of toxicity and Islamophobia that can be generated through less official channels. For example, during George W. Bush’s turn as president, he didn’t need to ban Islam or Muslims to make them feel unsafe in their own country. I’m a lawyer, my tendency is always to go to the law and what the law says and can do, but the law isn’t where behavior stops. Rhetoric can be just as dangerous as a regulation, and yes, this administration definitely has that rhetoric sharpened and at the ready.