Muslim activist who called for jihad on Trump speaks out

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After receiving extreme backlash over her recent speech calling for jihad against President Trump, Muslim activist and Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour wrote a long opinion editorial in the Washington Post Sunday defending her statements.

Sarsour launched her complaint by stating, “Islamophobes are attacking me because I’m their worst nightmare,” and claimed that she did not call for violent jihad against the president.

Sarsour lamented about all the “threats of physical violence” she has received since leading the Women’s March on Washington, from people who are “anti-Muslim, xenophobic and white supremacists.”

“Their sole agenda is to silence and discredit me because I am an effective leader for progress, a Palestinian American and Brooklyn-born Muslim woman. In short, I am their worst nightmare,” Sarsor said.

In her speech at the Islamic Society of North America’s 54th annual convention, which concluded on July 3, 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.”

She said when she wakes up every morning and remembers who is in the White House, “I am outraged!” and told her fellow Muslims, “We have to stay outraged!”

In her opinion editorial Sunday, Sarsour stated that she began her work as director of the Arab American Association of New York as a response to the backlash against Muslims after the 9/11 attack, and “I became more vocal about Islamophobia’s terrible impact on my community, city and country.”

She claimed that her speech was not a call to violence, but a “call to speak truth to power,” and alleged that the word “jihad” has been “hijacked.”

“I was speaking to an all-Muslim audience; as an American, I should be free to share and discuss scripture and teachings of my beloved Prophet. My statements were clear, and my activism track record is even clearer: My work has always been rooted in nonviolence as espoused by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Most disturbing about this recent defamation campaign is how it is focused on demonizing the legitimate yet widely misunderstood Islamic term I used, “jihad,” which to majority of Muslims and according to religious scholars means “struggle” or “to strive for.” This term has been hijacked by Muslim extremists and right-wing extremists alike, leaving ordinary Muslims to defend our faith and in some cases silenced. It sets a dangerous precedent when people of faith are policed and when practicing their religion peacefully comes with consequences.”

She claimed that she is all about women’s rights, fighting injustice and inequality:

“Every day, I speak about women’s issues, indigenous rights, the necessity to fight for black lives and against the Muslim and refugee bans. I believe wholeheartedly that we must fight injustice and inequality — through marches and direct actions, through policy changes, and through our own voices permeating media spaces.”

However, she is a staunch defender of Sharia law, which suppresses women’s rights:

Sarsour concludes her editorial, saying she will not be intimidated or silenced:

“But I refuse to be intimidated. I will not walk away from the people and communities whom I love deeply. I will to continue to raise my voice for justice and equality for all, organize communities who want to defend the rights of black people, stand against policies that target and marginalize Muslims, and advocate for health care for all people. Dissent is the highest form of patriotism, and I intend to continue to push my country to respect the rights of all its citizens. I will not be silenced.”

Below is her full speech at the Islamic convention, where she said in her opening statements that “we are on this earth to please Allah and only Allah.”

Breitbart pointed out that Sarsour has a well-known history of promoting violence, and shared some examples.

In 2015, she posted a picture of a Palestine child carrying rocks to throw at policemen, and titled it, “The definition of courage.”

In 2011, she had launched a vile Twitter attack against Muslim critics Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali – two women who do stand up for women’s rights.  Ali, who was born in Somali, is a victim of female genital mutilation and has been an outspoken critic of the procedure, as well as speaking out against Islam, honor violence and child marriage.

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