Conservative news places are targeting activist Linda Sarsour again, this time for using the word “jihad” in a lecture to a chiefly Muslim audience.
Speaking in Chicago at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention over the weekend, Sarsour, an organizer of January’s Women’s March, explored what it means to be a patriot in the United States.
In her discussion, which was posted online Monday, Sarsour examined chairwomen like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali who helped alter culture by being unapologetically themselves.
” These are the ones who dissented against our governments against the exceedingly public policies that oppress the community that they came from ,” she said.
The word ” jihad ” has long been misused and misjudged by both Muslim extremists and parties seeking to spread hatred against Muslims. But for the majority of members of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, “jihad” is a word that literally implies” to contend .” It’s a hypothesi within Islam that represents a commitment to serve God, and to be good to yourself and your neighbors. It can be personal, like is difficult to get through a bumpy workday, or overarching, like striving to seek justice for all people.
As Sarsour recounted in her communication, the Prophet Muhammad is said to have described best available formation of jihad as” a word of actuality in front of a tyrant, lord or ruler .”
” I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress local communities, that Allah professes from us that as a anatomy of jihad ,” she went on.” That we are struggling against oppressors and lords not only abroad in the Countries of the middle east or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have despots and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House .”
In an article that emphasized Sarsour’s relationships with the Democratic Party, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and Sen. Bernie Sanders( I-Vt .), the republican locate RealClearPolitics accused the activist of calling on Muslims” to model’ jihad'” against President Donald Trump.
Sarsour spoke such framing of her lecture provides an opportunity to” play off the lack of knowledge that ordinary Americans have of Islam .”
” They are targeting me because I am an unapologetic Muslim American and because I am an efficient master ,” she said in an email to HuffPost.
Muslim partisans and organizations have worked to educate the public about the true entail of “jihad” since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the period enrolled mainstream awareness in the U.S. There have been bus advertisements, videos, blogs and social media campaigns aimed at educating people about the word’s proper meaning.
The response to Sarsour’s comments this week, nonetheless, would point out that the misunderstanding persists.
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Sarsour’s address was mainly concerned with insisting the Muslim community to stand united in the face of sin against themselves and other marginalized radicals, and encouraging Muslims to invest in regional planning efforts.
That republican websites singled out Sarsour’s comments on “jihad” isn’t surprising. Since emerging as a highly visible organizer and partisan in the wake of Trump’s election last year, Sarsour has been targeted by right-wing and anti-Muslim places baselessly accusing her of supporting terrorism. She likewise regularly encounters loathsome meanings and has received death threats.
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