A few thoughts in light of the election results:

– Allah is in charge.

– I’m not going to trust anyone’s opinions on what a Trump presidency will bring. For one main reason: Most are shell-shocked right now by Trump winning, most didn’t have the foggiest clue about how the election would turn out, but now I should trust their outlook and take it seriously?

– Bringing this back to dawah, the fact that so many of us are surprised by the results of the elections is an indication of how out of touch we are with a large segment of the population. It is easy to portray Trump supporters as bigots and xenophobes and certainly, many of them are. But that would be a simplistic dismissal. A majority of them are also defined by social conservatism, a commitment to “family values,” a dissatisfaction with the erosion and corruption of basic notions of marriage, gender, and sexuality that has been forced upon them by a cultural and academic elite, etc. So many of these values align with or are at least adjacent to Islamic values, but the American Muslim dawah has by and large neglected these elements and even actively concealed or undermined them in favor of appealing to more liberal sensibilities.

Well, the power dynamics have now changed. I don’t think the liberal social and cultural programs are going to go away — if anything, they are now strengthened since the election of Trump plays into their victimization narrative. Nonetheless, hopefully our dawah will be more cognizant of the fact that there is this other side and they are not a tiny, insignificant, powerless minority that, for whatever reason, doesn’t deserve our invitation.

– If the election hysteria is affecting your state, remember that there are different planes of reality. We should always strive to be on a higher plane of consciousness so that the day to day challenges, pains, and difficulties of the dunya, i.e., the lowest plane, don’t cloud the heart. In times of difficulty, retreat to this sanctuary of dhikr, taqwa, and qana`a. As related by Uthman ibn ‘Affan, “Worrying about the dunya is a darkness in the heart, while worrying about the akhira is a light in the heart.”

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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