So Muslims justifying giving adhan at Trump inauguration festivities on the basis of the fact that the Prophet -s- kept “open lines of communication with the Meccans.”
You know the Prophet -s- also fought the “Meccans,” right? It wasn’t all just an extended tea party, though that’s the picture being drawn for the befuddled Muslim community, who are looking to their leaders for principled guidance in these confusing times.
Look, we can talk about public policy, public perception, pragmatism, the politics of having a “seat at the table,” etc., all day. But let’s also not forget the spiritual dimension. If we don’t demonstrate self-respect, himma, ghayra for Islam in the face of those who have all but declared Islam as the enemy, then what hope is there that anyone else will respect us let alone our religion?
I’m looking forward to the day when our leadership will deliberately make the politically incorrect, unpragmatic, non-expedient choice purely for the honor of Islam and not submitting to its enemies. Umars famous statement should be our motto:
“Verily, we were a disgraceful people and Allah honored us with Islam, so if we seek honor from other than Islam, then Allah will humiliate us.
Edit: Note that the imam in question recited Quran at the ceremony, not the adhan.