Some Muslims seem to put their desires, needs, and wants first, before they consider others. They distort the Koranic teachings and use the distorted versions to justify their actions. Take for example the general assumption that “we help ourselves first”. Perhaps this is why Bill notes the rot in the American religious churches today, right from the congregation to the clergy at the top. From his article, I want to categorically opine on selfishness in church, mega church, and economies.
About selfishness, one only needs to look around and see the increasing involvement of the clergy in politics. They lead their congregation and in fact influence them to vote along some political divides. The truth through is that the clergy receives enormous amounts of money from the politicians. One would then expect that the money they get would be used to help the poor in the American society. Going by the disparities among the rich and the poor in churches, one can only conclude that the poor are not helped, or given negligible assistance. The notion of “I help myself first” then takes perspective (Smith 28). This means that Muslims who believe they are following the commandments of Allah to “love one another as they love self”, among others, such as giving alms, are treated with abandon or simply taken for granted. In the American context, American Muslims seem to just take care of themselves and mind their own businesses. Bill uses facts and opinion polls to back his arguments. For instance, when he says that 11% of those polled agreed that they had been influenced to vote along political divides, this only depicts the selfishness, majorly on the part of the clergy (Agnew 56). One might want to ask: why do they involve themselves in politics in the first place? Truly the American Muslims have replaced the Koran with their own interpretations, which in my view, is a