I came across a fascinating five-part series entitled The Arabization of South Asian Islam, written by the blogger Yursil. It's a wide-ranging look at how Arab Islam is assuming the leadership in Muslims communities across the U.S., especially South Asian ethnic communities, and how that is essentially overpowering the emergent unique American Islamic culture. When Muslims are complaining about Saudi/Whabai influence rolling over Muslim communities, you know it's real. He doesn't mince words, either:
"Yet the “Islamic” values that have been deemed acceptable for import (to the West) are those which are deeply rooted in academia and the heterodox. Today we find that it is those Islamic movements which existed in the vacuums of Islamic history which are being promoted most. Ideas and trends which were quickly eliminated by traditional Muslim societies are now propped up in the false garb of traditionalism, masquerading as the faces of traditional Islamic societies when in fact they are its malignant tumors which were cauterized by the scholars, saints, and Sultans of the time. How can we truly call ourselves ‘traditional’ if we simply import the discarded remnants of a past society, as opposed to those institutions and ideas which led to its glory?"
"....The issue here is the creation of a vision of an American Islamic culture before the reality has formed. And the reality has not formed because we have sought to marginalize all other Islamic cultures (except for Arab culture) in the American Islamic discourse."
Yursil asks a pointed question in Part 4:
"Why is nearly every speaker on Islam in the West a convert or a card carrying member of the Arabized Al-Madinah University ideology?"
"It is clear that American Islam, like the South Asian Muslim, is heading down a direct path of forced Arabization, and this is a tragic fate due to the irresponsibility and intellectual subordination of Muslim organizations, immigrant Muslims, and South Asian Muslims in general."
The Islamic Society of Boston gets mentioned in Part 2 of the series:
"By seeking to spend hours in small conference rooms pondering over methods through which to brilliantly create an American-Islamic culture, we do ourselves a disservice by stifling the growth of a nascent Islamic community, one that can only grow naturally. Recently, the Islamic Society of Boston erected a monumental masjid which is able to facilitate thousands of Muslims. While such a feat certainly contributes both architecturally and historically to the creation of an American Muslim culture, this project has left many small Muslim communities to the wayside. Masjid Noor, the markaz of Tablighi Jammat in New England, will now lose a great number of congregants, thus putting its already tenuous rent in more peril. The Mosque for the Praising of Allah, the oldest masjid which has a large African-American population, has also been displaced by this project. By theorizing on the topic of an American-Islamic culture in the comfort of large conference halls, we destroy the culture being created by those who live American Islam."