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Jumada I  1438

Volume 32 No 2

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

For a Greater America

We Americans need to examine ourselves in this time of disquiet and uncertainty. Have we lost sight of the spirit and the principles that this nation was founded on? Our founding fathers were “theists.” They had a strong belief in God. That He was watching over them, guiding their actions, blessing their righteous efforts. Part of that fundamental belief was that no one had the right to dictate their religious beliefs on another. Thomas Jefferson understood this when he said: “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.” And he also said: “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” (brainy-quote.com)

The Quran says: [2:256] There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in GOD has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.

George Washington in his first inaugural address to the very young nation said that it would be “peculiarly improper” to begin his speech without giving “my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe,

who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes…. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own…. [with] pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage.”

He ended his address with these words: “Having thus imparted to you my sentiments …, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication …. so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.”

The success of this government must depend on knowing that God is our Savior and our Guide. We’re not talking about Abraham or Jesus or

Buddha or Muhammad. We’re talking about God, the One, the Supreme. Moses said to his followers: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). And Jesus said exactly the same thing to his disciples, that worshiping God alone is the most important commandment (Mark 12:29-30). And the Quran says repeatedly: [20:98] Your only god is GOD; the One beside whom there is no other god. His knowledge encompasses all things. [28:70] He is the one GOD; there is no other god beside Him. To Him belongs all praise in this first life, and in the Hereafter. All judgment belongs with Him, and to Him you will be returned. [59:22] He is the One GOD; there is no other god besides Him. Knower of all secrets and declarations. He is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

If we strip away all the human-made innovations and remove the veneration of the various messengers from God, we can return to the Truth, the worship of God ALONE. That’s what this country was founded on; that’s what made us great; and that’s what has

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