Earlier this month in Kalamazoo, Mich., Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate criticized the administration’s plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees who are displaced following the civil war that has been endlessly going on in Syria. “It makes no sense whatsoever to bring in ISIS terrorists coming to wage jihad” Cruz said. Emphasizing his view, the Texas Senator said that “right now Barack Obama is preparing to bring in tens of thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees, that is in a word, lunacy.”
Reflecting on the matter and on the arrival of 300 Syrian refugees in Buffalo by next year, according to the Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, Imam Yahye Omar, a mindful opinionated Muslim leader and Refugee Services Program Coordinator at Health Education and Leadership (H.E.A.L.) International told Karibu News that those refugees are in serious situations and they need to survive like the rest of us. “They need life opportunity, peace, and survival; they want to work, pay their tax, and survive,” Imam Yahye said.
While acknowledging the fact that no one can distinguish a bad guy from a good one among Syrian refugees, Imam Yahye indicated however that he does not think people who are in those conditions and who want peace and survival would like to engage in terrorism or any irresponsible behaviors. He emphasizes on the need to educate young people about real Islam but also to educate the other side that misconceives Islam.
As to Syrian refugees who are coming to the U.S. and other people who might choose to engage in terrorism, Imam Yahye said that “we need to stop them because, he said, “we did not come here to do that.” “Here we are protected, we get government assistance when necessary, and enjoy peace, and we need to be grateful in return,” he moralized.
Yahye believes that it is bad people who teach people to harm others under the uniform of Islam and for the purpose of achieving their own goals and leadership ambitions. Islam, he said, means submitting oneself to God. So, for these new comers, “we need to teach them the real Islam through open houses where they can learn about justice and peace, and more importantly, he said, to inform them that in U.S. we live by the rule and nobody is above the law.