Leftist icon, anti-Semite, Shariah-law advocate and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour spoke at the 54th annual ISNA convention, calling for “jihad” against President Trump and his administration.
Let’s look at the context of Sarsour’s remarks.
1. The Word “Jihad” Has Several Meanings. While moderate Muslims attempt to use the word “jihad” to mean struggle, whether internally or externally, today, it’s almost exclusively tied to violence; terrorists routinely invoke jihad, violent war against the nonbeliever.
2. Sarsour Used “Jihad” To Mean “A Word Of Truth In Front Of A Tyrant Or Leader.” Here’s what Sarsour said regarding “jihad”:
“There is a man who once asked our beloved prophet … he said to him, ‘What is the best form of jihad or struggle?’ 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 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.”
3. Sarsour Praised An Alleged Terror Co-Conspirator At The Outset Of Her Speech. Sarsour proclaims that her words regarding “jihad” should be taken as a mere synonym for Leftist “resistance.” However, she opened her speech by praising Siraj Wajjah – “her favorite person in the room” – who was listed as a possible unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, and testified on behalf of the Blind Sheikh, reports Daily Wire.
“I will never ever tell people ‘don’t be violent, that is not the Islamic way.’ The violence has to be selected,” Wajjah used to say.
4. Sarsour Explicitly Rejected Assimilation To Western Values. In the “jihad” speech, Sarsour stated,
“Our number one and top priority is to protect and defend our community. It is not to assimilate and to please any other people in authority. And our top priority … is to please Allah, and only Allah.”
5. Sarsour Knew What She Was Doing. Sarsour used the word “jihad” for a reason here: to seek attention, to link it with other “struggles” with which she identifies.
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