A Message for Muslim Immigrants, Refugees, and International Students in America

Dear Muslim Friends,

I wrote the post below in July of 2015. Sadly, in the current political climate in America, many of you still ostracized: rejected, shunned, spurned, snubbed, excluded, avoided, ignored, kept at arm’s length, etc. Because of the media, politicians, and even some “Christian” preachers, fear and anger toward Muslims is far too common.

My Muslim friends, I want to change this! I travel to churches all over the USA to help them get God’s heart for you – a heart of compassion, kindness, and real love. It is happening. It really is! But. . .it is slow. Like you, I battle stereotypes that the media has wrongly created.

I want to affirm what I wrote two years ago: if you are a Muslim immigrant, refugee, or international student in America, I love you with the love of Jesus and welcome you here.

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Some pretty insensitive and crazy and just plain wrong things have been said lately about the immigration of Muslims to America.
(please see my last blog post:
http://www.ilovemuslims.net/2015/07/should-immigration-of-muslims-to-america-be-stopped/. It is entitled, “Should Immigration Of Muslims To America Be Stopped? Astaghfirullah!”)

These comments have come as a result of recent “lone wolf” jihadist violence in Western countries: Great Britain, France, Denmark, Canada, Australia, and America, and the concern that some people have about Muslims in America becoming radicalized by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

I am just one person (and just one person without a huge amount of influence at that!) but I want to send a message from the Arabic language to Muslims coming to America:

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Welcome!

Like all immigrants, if you want to obey the laws of America, I welcome you here! I want you here!

To all my Muslim friends – whether you were born in America, whether you came here as an immigrant, whether you came here as an international student, or whether you came here as a refugee:

I am glad that you are in America.
You make America a better place. A richer place.
You make my life a better life. A richer life.

Here in America we can talk freely about God – who He is.
Here in America we can talk freely about Jesus – why he came.
Here in America we can talk freely about Paradise – how we can get there.

I love you, my Muslim friends.

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And I know many other Christians feel exactly the same way.

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