Originally published in TribStar
Congratulations to President Obama for winning the election. As a Muslim, Islam, justice and peace are synonymous. Justice and peace are the building blocks for any successful society.
A society in which free thought is hindered goes against the principles of Islam and democracy. The Qur’an says, “There is no compulsion in religion.” 2:256. Democracy, without force, assists citizens to feel as if they are part of a just and peaceful system; Islam merely teaches us how to do this in the best example.
Prophet Muhammad said, “Respect your leader even if his head is the size of a dried grape.” For Muslims, respecting leaders is an obligation. Political differences are healthy to spring fresh ideas. There will always be differences in opinions; however, we must make sure that justice is a vital element of a peaceful society. If we hope to reach political cohesiveness, then Mr. Obama must place absolute justice and peace above all else.