- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2017

Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour declared during a speech to Muslims over the weekend that standing up to tyrants is the best “form of jihad.”

Ms. Sarsour, national co-chair of the anti-Trump Women’s March, said at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Chicago that the “fascists” in the Trump administration must be stopped, Conservative Review first reported.

“I hope that we, when we stand up to those who oppress our communities, that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad,” she said. “That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in 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.”

Ms. Sarsour said the Trump administration is “relentless,” “persistent” and “consistent” on seeking to oppress Muslims in the U.S.

“Do not criticize me when I say that we as a Muslim community in these United States of America have to be perpetually outraged every single [day],” she said. “When I wake up in the morning and I remember who’s sitting in the White House I am outraged. This is not normal, brothers and sisters. Those people sitting in the most powerful seats in this country is not normal.”

Ms. Sarsour, an advocate of Sharia law, said the Muslim community’s “best weapon” in fighting against the Trump administration is unity.

“If the Islamophobes are treating us like we are one community why are we not acting like we are one community, sister and brothers?” she asked.

Ms. Sarsour also said their top priority should be to protect their own community, not to “assimilate and to please any other people and authority.

“Our obligation is to our young people, is to our women, to make sure our women are protected in our community,” she said. “And our top priority and even higher than all those other priorities is to please Allah and only Allah.”

Ms. Sarsour said the Muslim community should continue to support efforts abroad but also put their resources into voter engagement and minority organizations at the local level. She lamented that American Muslims are still so unprepared for mobilization in light of heightened Islamophobia since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Ms. Sarsour stood by her remarks in a series of tweets Thursday afternoon.

“My work is CRYSTAL CLEAR as an activist rooted in Kingian non-violence. This is y my teams r effective cause we r powerful w/o violence,” she wrote. “People conveniently forgot that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a non-violent leader & activist and called ‘most dangerous leader.’”

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