Sajid Tarar believe Donald Trump as the leader Muslims need

July 25, 2016 10:30 am

While has been calling for a ban on Muslims entering the
, it seems the Republican candidate is gaining supporters
in some of the most unlikely places.
, founder of Muslims for Trump, spoke to .com.au to discuss his endorsement.
“Donald Trump is the first candidate to identify radical Islam as a threat,” Mr Tarar says passionately.
“Everybody
with any common sense knows that radical Islam is a threat not only to
Western civilisation, but a threat to Islam itself.
“Our religion has been hijacked by radical Islamists, and Muslims have to stand up against them in their own countries.
“Al-Qaeda
and the Taliban have killed more Muslims than anybody else. For this
reason, we as American Muslims are looking for strong leadership.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaking at the Republican National Convention. Photo / AP

None too impressed by the current administration, Mr Tarar
laments that “the Middle East is burning and President Obama is worried
about transgender bathroom policies. It’s embarrassing.”
He shakes off Trump’s extreme immigration views and anti-Islam rhetoric.
“He never wanted to ban the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. Trump is a victim of a liberal media,” Tarar argues.
“He
said there would be a ban – but with exceptions. Just like he’s willing
to build a wall, but there are doors [in that wall] but the media skip
that last part and just say, ‘Trump wants to ban Muslims; he is
anti-immigrant.'”
According to a poll taken by The Council on
American-Islamic Relations, 11 per cent of Muslims in America support
Trump. Tarar, like a growing number of his community, feels that Trump
is equipped to fight IS.
“He’s a leader, he’s anti-establishment,
anti-political correctness. He’s unafraid, and yes I’m very confident
he can fight IS. He’s a doer, he’s not scared of the polls. That’s what
we need: a true leader.”

Sajid Tarar, Founder of American Muslims for Trump. Photo / AP
Mr Tarar, 56, who immigrated to the from Pakistan in the
mid-80s, doesn’t merely give lip service to the billionaire businessman
and his Republican party. He delivered a speech at the Republic
National Convention last week in Cleveland, ending in a benediction that
included the words ” … and God bless Donald Trump”.
Although
there were reportedly some hecklers in the crowd, Tarar insists, “There
were 40,000 people clapping and there was just one [delegate] who
screamed, ‘No Islam!’
People were getting in line to hug me, take
pictures with me and shake my hand, and that wasn’t the first time.
I’ve been travelling to rallies and people are telling me that I’m doing
a wonderful job. I feel very humbled,” he explains.
“I was
successful in my objective last week to stand on the stage and send the
message to America that not all Muslims are bad people. We love this
country and we are Americans.”
Curious to know what Trump makes
of his number one fan, I ask Mr Tarar whether he’s had any feedback from
the former reality TV star himself.
“I’ve met Donald Trump a
couple of times. I’m an adviser to the National Diversity Coalition for
Trump. We are a group of about 30 members from different parts of the
world and ethnic communities who advise on many issues. It was created
by [Trump’s lawyer] Mike Cohen.
“In that capacity I’ve met Donald
Trump a couple of times, but these meetings were not to discuss Islam
in particular; they were very general and casual. He told me that he
appreciates what I’m doing.”
Speaking of which, Tarar explains the objectives of Muslims For Trump, a group he began five months ago.
“My
missions are as follows: Telling Muslims, you are the victims of your
own people. Secondly, if you come to America, or any country and you are
accepted with open arms, be loyal to that country, be patriotic. And my
third goal is to educate young Muslim-Americans. Don’t fall for this
stuff going on with these Jihadist values.”
As Europe continues
to remain on high alert with IS attacks occurring with alarming
regularity, Mr Tarar says one of the biggest problems lies in the
inability of Muslims to assimilate.
“I’m not representing Muslims
outside of America, but it’s very different here in the US because
Muslims are assimilated, and most Muslim-Americans are satisfied with
[the outcome of] their migration.
“A very small proportion is
disappointed, but it’s a different set-up. In some countries, they are
not integrated and are living in ghettos. They still identify themselves
as Moroccan, for example, and will introduce themselves that way.”
As for Australia’s Muslim population, Mr Tarar says, “I love Australia, and yes, there is a huge Islamic community.”
“I
went to law school in Pakistan, and I have studied Islam. I’ve also
studied Sharia and I’ve studied the Koran. We all have different
interpretations of religion, but my take is that the Koran asks us to be
loyal to the country you live in. If I were living in Australia, I
wouldn’t have any problem with singing their national anthem or whatever
their laws dictated, and they need to be respected. I’m a Muslim and I
practice Islam, but Judaism and Christianity are sister religions and we
all need to be respected.”
He is also of the view that shutting
down mosques to combat Jihadist ideologies would be a counter productive
strategy to fight ISIS.
“That can bring anger, and it can be
unconstitutional; however, if there is a threat coming from a mosque or
radical group, then of course appropriate action should take place to
save innocent lives.”
Given Mr Tarar’s outspoken views, it’s not
surprising that he has himself come under attack by both Republicans and
those in his Muslim community. “I haven’t had threats but I’ve had some
very nasty messages from Muslims.”
Living in Baltimore with his
wife and four children, he says, “They show me their concern, but I say
to them, ‘Somebody has to do it. I’m serving my community. I’m serving
my country very well.'”

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