Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour is under fire for using the term ‘jihad’ during a speech about peaceful protests as conservatives claim she’s trying to ‘wage a holy war against the Trump administration’
Racial justice and civil rights activist, Linda Sarsour, drew criticism for speech
During speech she said: ‘I hope that … when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad…’
Conservatives believe she’s trying to urge Muslims to wage a holy war against the Trump administration
But Sarsour said she was advocating solely for peaceful, nonviolent dissent
She was giving the speech at the Islamic Society of North American Convention
Sarsour is one of four women who co-chaired anti-Trump Women’s March in DC
She’s been involved in protests against his administration since he was elected
Racial justice and civil rights activist, Linda Sarsour, has drawn criticism from conservatives who accused her of urging Muslims to wage a holy war against the Trump administration, after she made reference to ‘jihad’ during a speech.
Sarsour, one of four co-chairs for the historic Women’s March on Washington, gave the speech at the annual Islamic Society of North America convention in Chicago last weekend.
In her speech, Sarsour told a story about a man who once asked Muhammad, the founder of Islam: ‘What is the best form of jihad, or struggle?’
The high-profile Palestinian activist then said: ‘And our beloved prophet … said to him, ‘A word of truth in front of a tyrant ruler or leader, that is the best form of jihad.”
‘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.’
Sarsour told the Washington Post that she was advocating solely for peacful, nonviolent dissent.
But some conservatives don’t see it that way at all.
They believe that she’s trying to urge Muslims to wage a holy war against the Trump administration, according to the Post.