A woman once heralded by Barack Obama as a “Champion of Change” is now calling on Muslims to bring a new kind of “jihad” against President Trump and his administration.
Linda Sarsour is no stranger to controversy. She is an open advocate of sharia law, and yet liberal feminists embrace her as a leader in the fight for women’s equality.
Activist Pamela Geller and a number of conservatives protested at Sarsour’s commencement speech before the graduates of City University of New York in May. She was one of the organizers and leaders at the Women’s March in Washington in January.
Speaking to the Annual Islamic Society of North America last weekend, Sarsour called for a “jihad” of “words” against President Donald Trump. Her words come as outrage spreads over accusations that President Trump is encouraging violence by posting a video clip on Twitter. Sarsour, yet, has received little criticism over her call for “jihad” against the President, regardless of her intent.
Controversial activist Linda Sarsour is calling for a “jihad” against President Donald Trump and his administration.
Adressing the Annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention this past weekend, Sarsour attacked the Trump administration and called on the Muslim community to unite against the White House.
“Why, sisters and brothers, why are we so unprepared. Why are we so afraid of this administration and the potential chaos that they will ensue on our community?” she said, calling for a non-violent “jihad” using words, as opposed to violence.
“A word of truth in front of a tyrant ruler or leader, that is the best form of jihad,” she said.
She said that Muslim-Americans’ number one priority should be protecting and defending their communities, not assimilating or pleasing people in power.
“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 the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America, where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reining in the White House,” she said.
Sarsour was a leader behind January’s Women’s March, and she was named a “Champion of Change” by the Obama administration in 2012.