Last month Muslim activist Linda Sarsour gave a speech in Sacramento in which she urged Muslims to become political because “Muhammad was a human rights activist,” and Trump a fascist.
The self-described “Islamophobe’s worst nightmare” went on to claim that Islam has always been an “anti-racist, feminist, and empowering religion,” and that our modern understanding of human rights are unnecessary because Islam already teaches these things.
Sarsour explained: “I go to a lot of mosques or community centers and this is what they say to me. They say: ‘Sister Linda, we know that you’re very political, but in my mosque, we try not to be too political. We don’t like politics here’…
“Here’s my answer to those people: If you woke up this morning, and you are breathing and you are Muslim, then you’re political.
Sarsour went on to say that being publicly educated (for free) cheated her out of her Islamic education.
“You know what I feel like I got cheated out of? Nobody ever told me that my beloved Prophet Muhammad was an activist. He was a human rights activist,” she said.
“We don’t need a workers’ rights movement or an environmental justice movement. We don’t need a Black Lives Matter movement, because our religion has taught us that black lives mattered way before there was a hashtag, or a movement, or people protesting outside on these streets.
“Our religion [Islam] has always been an anti-racist, feminist, and empowering religion. I don’t need people in the West, or people in Europe, or people in the United States of America to teach me what feminism is.”
.@lsarsour in a December 2018 speech in Sacramento pressures ALL Muslims to become political, denigrates modern understanding of human rights, & says Islam & the prophet provide all the answers to life. These are the words of an Islamist: pic.twitter.com/zfA8l0hd4T
— Andy C. Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) January 10, 2019