Speaking at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention in suburban Chicago last weekend, Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who organized the Women’s March and the Day Without an Immigrant movement in the months after President Trump took office, told her fellow Muslim-Americans that they do not have to “assimilate”. She went on to suggest that “resistance” to Trump administration policies could count as a “form of jihad.”
Freaking out over President Trump’s temporary “travel ban,” Sarsour told her audience that she is “outraged” when she “wakes up in the morning” and remembers “who is sitting in the White House.”
Citing Islamic scripture, Sarsour quoted her prophet Mohammed, who once said, “A word of truth in front of a tyrant ruler or leader, that is the best form of jihad.”
She followed that by saying, “I hope that … 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 these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.”
Accusing the Trump administration of “coming out every few weeks with Muslim ban one, Muslim ban two, Muslim ban three,” she warned, “They are relentless, they are persistent and consistent, and want to see how much we as a community can endure and want to see who our friends are and how hard we’re going to fight back against this administration.’
Sarsour was reacting to the news last week that the Supreme Court decided that much of Trump’s travel order could be enforced, while the high court prepares to take up the case in October.
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