CAIR defends Muslim activist’s “Jihad against Trump” statement


Muslim activist and Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour sparked outrage after she spoke at an Islamic convention last weekend and called for jihad against the Trump administration.

Sarsour has claimed her words were taken out of context.  In her speech, Sarsour had stated, “I hope when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad, that we are struggling against tyrants and rulers, not only abroad in the Middle East or on the other side of the world, but here in the United States, where you have facists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”

In a Fox News interview Saturday morning, Florida CAIR leader Hassan Shibly defended her use of the word “jihad”, claiming it simply means to “struggle for good.”  He said she was simply speaking out and to stand for the oppressed.

Shibly claimed Sarsour is “paying the price” for speaking out against Trump’s attacks on minorities and against women.

Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire said Sarsour’s statement was not taken out of context at all, and that we all know jihad means much more than just “internal struggle.”

“Don’t smear a woman who’s not here to defend herself!” Shibley yelled.

Shibley stated that Muslims need to “reclaim” the word “jihad” so they can show the world what the word “really means.”

The interview got heated very fast.

Watch below:

CAIR-Florida also shared the video on their Facebook page, with the statement that “Shibly reclaims the true meaning of the word #JIhad during a #IStandWithLindainterview in Fox News.”

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