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The spiral of fear that terrorism has spread to the world has inevitably brought consequences to our daily lives. US President Donald Trump’s 90-day travel halt of nationals from seven Islamic countries entering the US is one of these consequences. The travel ban order also suspends the US refugee program for 120 days and indefinitely holds back acceptance of refugees from Syria.

Trump’s Travel Ban sparks Worldwide Protest

Recently a Bush era and Seattle-based judge has temporarily blocked president Trump’s executive order. This policy has resonated so much that it set off protests all around the world, not just from Islamic circles, but also from those of other faiths and ideas.

The travel restriction provoked millions inside the US and abroad and left millions of others confused and aggrieved at airports. Some were constrained from getting the medical care they needed in the US hospitals, others from getting the education they longed for. It has rapidly led to growing disorder.

According to Trump’s statements concerning this order, Christian refugees were given priority to come to the US. However, many Christians were not happy with this preferential treatment that left others in need helpless. Christian leaders even wrote a letter to President Trump expressing their concern for Muslims.

As a matter of fact, this travel ban order is not to the advantage of either Trump or the US. It may create an anti-American sentiment in the region and give rise to more recruits for ISIS or other terrorist organizations. On the contrary, President Trump should be friendlier with Islamic countries than the previous US administrations ever were. This will initiate a new era, which will hopefully set an example for other countries, as well.

It is understandable that Trump wants to stay true to his rhetoric during the campaign, but prohibitions are not solutions to ending terror. His strategy is not practical as 90 days is far too long to limit citizens entering the US from the named seven countries. Unless withdrawn, the travel ban can ultimately cause a standoff between countries. Apart from that, it is also probable that the present division among the American people may grow further.

A Man of Faith himself, Trump is not Against other Faiths

As Muslims, we were pleased to hear Donald Trump’s triumph in the US Presidential Elections in 2016. The US has been on a downhill and winding moral decline over the last few decades. Trump’s presidency may set American society back to moral righteousness and bring the peace, welfare and prosperity they have been longing for.

During the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump stated, “…we are all united by our faith in our Creator and our firm knowledge that we are all equal in His eyes.  We are not just flesh and bone and blood. We are human beings, with souls.”

This was his way of saying that he acknowledged and respected members of all religions and that he makes no distinction between them. It is evident that what he opposes is not Islam, but radicalism. Indeed, the true message of a religion or system of belief can be at times distorted by its own adherents. Like ISIS, al-Qaeda and others, the Crusaders were once an example of this type of distortion. Radical movements are led by superstition and dogma and exploit collective psychology. In an environment where love, affection and understanding have ceased to exist, people begin to feel animosity toward different ideologies or races without knowing what the other party really represents or believes.

Helping Others

Both Islam and Christianity advise lending a hand to those in need. The Qur’an and the Gospels are full of examples of believers fleeing persecution. The oppression of the Jews in Egypt and their journey to freedom are spoken of in detail in the Holy Books. The Companions of the Cave escaping persecution, the Prophet Muhammad and his community fleeing from Mecca to Medina where they were welcomed and sheltered are some of these stories about those who need help as told in the Qur’an. Likewise, the hospitality Prophet Muhammad and his early followers received in the Christian kingdom of Abyssinia, today’s Ethiopia and Eritrea, was exemplary.

“Be good to your parents and relatives and to orphans and the very poor, and to neighbors who are related to you and neighbors who are not related to you, and to companions and travellers and your slaves.” Qur’an, 4/36

“The stranger has not lodged in the street, but I opened my doors to the traveler.” Job 31:32

“When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt.” Leviticus 19:33-34

Islamic Countries should Support Trump

There may be some love-less and cold-hearted advisors in states who are consulted on matters of diplomacy. But diplomacy flourishes best in an atmosphere of love.

In the past, feelings of hate towards Islam and Islamic countries haven’t brought any benefit to the US and it will most probably never will. Even though bigoted mindset exists among some groups of Muslims, there are also others who put emphasis on love and peace, and value human life. They love the American people.

If Trump has a change-of-heart about the order and finds a more sensible solution against terror he will very likely gain the support of Muslims throughout the world. In order to eradicate terror organizations like ISIS that supposedly act in the name of Islam, Muslim support is critical for Trump. It would be great if he were open to cooperation with the opinion leaders from the Islamic world. Having good and solid relations with these countries, including the ones listed in the executive order, would be auspicious and prudent with a favorable outcome for the US.

Bringing an end to the historic problems, prejudices, misunderstandings, arguments and disputes based on bigotry between Christians, Jews and Muslims would be favorable for those seeking peace. Trump has big hopes for a greater America. It would be nice to see his efforts for bringing together members of these religions for the sake of intellectually defeating Godless ideologies and degeneracy, ending wars and conflicts and bringing welfare, abundance and peace to the world, especially to the conflict-ridden Middle East.

Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya) is an influential Turkish author and opinion leader. He has authored more than 300 books translated into 76 languages on politics, religion and science. 

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