Muslims fought to establish this nation, serving in the Revolutionary Army, fighting alongside George Washington, according to sociologist, Craig Considine, who assayed Muslims’ contributions in war in an article for the Huffington Post. The most famous was Peter Buckminster, who fired the shot that killed British Major Gen. John Pitcairn at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Muslim-Americans also fought in the Civil War: Nicholas Said, for example, served in the Union army, later becoming a political activist. Muslims, like other Americans of faith, have served our nation to ensure that all Americans — regardless of their faith, or lack thereof — could enjoy the freedoms promised by our Constitution.
I love the last two paragraphs of Obeidallah’s article. He wrote: “This Fourth of July, we should honor those who have served our nation, not find hateful ways to diminish them, and reject the bigotry spewed by Trump and his followers. There’s simply no place for that type of hate in a nation as great as the United States of America.”