Recently Linda Sarsour an American Muslim activist, used the word ‘Jihad’ in a speech that she was giving at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Convention in Chicago. She used the word Jihad in its original context which means ‘struggle’. However, the alt-Right immediately used this opportunity to try and demonize any Muslim that speaks up against the Islam. For the alt-Right they said that Jihad means Holy War, and for Muslims to wage a Jihad or Holy War against the Trump White house.
I will post the transcript and the video so that you can judge for yourself:
You can count on me every single day to use my voice to stand up, not only to people outside our community who are oppressing our communities, but those inside our community who aid and abet the oppressors outside our community.
There is a man who once asked our beloved prophet … has said to him, “What is the best form of jihad or struggle?”
And our beloved prophet … said to him, “A word of truth in front of a tyrant or leader, that is the best form of jihad.” I hope, that when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts us as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or the other side of the world, but here in the United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.
Let’s be clear, Sarsour was speaking about the struggles that every Muslim face living in the USA as being a Muslim in Trump’s America. From the rise of Islamophobia which has led to an over 700% in violence against American Muslims, to an awareness that we are being targeted by Trump supporters, there can be no doubt that we are struggling to survive. What Sarsour was doing was that we need to speak an honest word to the tyrant in the White House and to tell the truth to all of these Islamophobes that lie about us. She then made duat or supplication asking that Allah swt accept our struggles on the Day of Judgment. Because of these targets many Muslims are scared to practice their religion in the supposed Land of the Free and yet our women feel scared to cover in public because they fear their safety.
I cannot tell you how many Muslims that I have spoken to that says that they have been targeted for harassment and in fear for their lives. This is no joke. Since 2015 these Islamophobes have taken it upon themselves to target us at our mosques by carrying assault weapons and drawing images of our Prophet Muhammad PBUH or burning the Qur’an, astaghfullallaah. These people are intentionally trying to harm us and make us live in fear, they terrorize us through violence and threats, and yet call us the terrorists. Muslims are less than 1% of the American population but these people treat us like we are just killers and one day all of us is just going to go out like robots and kill all of them and make them become Muslim or die. These people live in a hyper-fantasy world where they believe that life is like a movie, that anyone of color wants to kill them.
Then they use websites that push obviously fake narratives that Muslim migrants are taking over Europe by storm, that all White women are being raped by Arab men and that this is a direct attempt to destroy White Europe. I am White, when Whites do not know I am Muslim I hear their conversations. They always talk about if an area that they go to has White people or not. If there are not many White people in an area that was previously White they get concerned. Whites talk about losing their dominance in society in terms of stature and power, and the reason is due to that they have oppressed others to gain and maintain that power. They are scared that what they have done to others around the world in the name of Christianity will come back to them.
Another problem is that places like Fox News push the narrative that immigrants that become nationalized end up voting Democrat. So anyone that is brought into the USA is a ploy in order to create more Democratic voters. As a result, the Republicans will lose their control in the House and Senate.
I respect Linda Sarsour and I am glad that she spoke truth to what Muslims face. When we have a president that says, “Muslims hate us…do not let your children play with their children”, it is clear that he does not view us as Americans, they he views us with contempt. He has caused a hysteria and made all of his intellectually bankrupt followers believe that it is their duty to save their country and way of life of from all of us, whom they consider us all ISIS terrorists.
In spite of our efforts to define who we are and what we believe, we are not getting the message out there. Even if they know the truth they will admit it but say that our definition of how we understand something, even if it is authentic is wrong because it is not the way that true ‘Patriotic Americans’ believe it and when they say Patriotic Americans they mean bigots. Mostly White Evangelical Christians. They say that Muslims hate Christians when in fact it is the Evangelical Christians that hate us.
Hopefully we will see as a result of growing Islamophobia and violence, Muslims getting their CCWs and learning how to shoot; as well as take martial arts class in order to protect ourselves from these Trump supporters that have been targeting us. In the last 2 weeks there have been 4 acid attacks by White Supremacists against Muslims in the UK. There has been multiple hate crimes against Muslims as well as harassment against our Muslims women. Just like they have the right to the Second Amendment, we do to and we have just as much right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness as they do.