A new political movement has emerged, I am told. The Alt-Right. A collection of pasty-faced, internet-savvy white nationalists who somehow managed to elect the next president of the United States. Browsing the dark corners of the web, one can easily find blogs, podcasts, and online newspapers dedicated to the same aggressive, anti-Islamic and hardline nativist thought that has become a staple of the movement.
Browsing through these webpages, it also becomes apparent that “alt-right” is merely a comforting nickname bestowed upon it by some feeble liberals too scared to see the real truth, that the “alt-right” is not even merely a long-standing minority narrative in Western politics. IT IS the most dominant strain of Western political thought. There is truly little difference in what WhitePower89 may spew into his Twitter account and what “heroes” of Western Liberalism such as Winston Churchill (“Famine or no famine, Indians will breed like rabbits”) and Thomas Jefferson (“[Free Blacks are] pests in society”) proclaimed 100, 200 years ago. It is time, now, for Muslim Americans-particularly the Westernized, second-generation type- to realize that the West is not our friend. It has, is, and will always be bitterly opposed to us and our God-given deen. It is time for us to stand our ground. We cannot betray our covenant with Allah and compromise on our values. And we must never ally ourselves with these people whilst they continue to brutally oppress our brothers and sisters in Iraq, in Syria, in Palestine, in Afghanistan, and in Myanmar.
So let us, for once and for all, acknowledge these “alt-righters” for who they really are: filthy, racist deplorables.
O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as awliyaa (friends, protectors, political allies). They are [in fact] awliyaa of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. [Quran 5:51]
And let there be [arising] from you an ummah (nation, community, people) inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be the successful. [Quran 3:104]