Eid Mubarak from the MPower Change Team!

Today, we mark the close of the glorious month of Ramadan. This Ramadan, Muslims faced many trials and tribulations—from horrific attacks around the world to an alarming increase in hate crimes and bias incidents targeting individuals and Muslim communities.

Yet, while this Ramadan proved to be one of the most challenging in recent years, we are confident that we will emerge stronger than ever. Let us use the teachings, gatherings, and worship of these past 30 days to continue to build the inner strength and spirituality of ourselves and our communities, so that we may continue to work towards building our collective political and social power. Let these 30 days of spirituality and worship, these 30 days of reflection and contemplation, these 30 days of realignment and rejuvenation, be a reminder of the enduring power of our faith and our communities.

While we grieve for the suffering that seems to pervade our world today, it’s worth remembering that Islam and Muslims have survived dark periods in the past—from the earliest days of our faith when the Prophet (pbuh) himself undertook the Hijrah, to the lasting ordeals of colonialism, slavery, and imperialism.

As Muslims, we follow a faith rooted in hope and action—we are taught to trust God, yet always “tie our camel.”

At MPower Change, we used Ramadan as an opportunity to strategize, prioritize our work, and re-center our values and vision of whole, strong, powerful Muslim communities. We are focused and committed to building an innovative and creative movement fueled by the passion, consistency, and enthusiasm of our membership. MPower Change is an unapologetic platform of truth that believes in the power that lies within us.

Over the coming months, we will call on you to participate in an unprecedented campaign to galvanize and mobilize thousands of Muslims across the country. We are ready to tell our own stories of who we are, highlight the issues we care about, and show our power in our communities, at the polls, and beyond. So while you celebrate this Eid with your families and communities, remember that soon it’ll be time to tie your camel, saddle up, and join us in organizing and mobilizing our communities and allies to speak truth to power and bring justice to the marginalized in our society.

We wish all who observe a joyous Eid Al-Fitr. Amidst the hardships, we remain worthy of joy and celebration. آمين

– Linda, Dustin, Mark, Mohammad and the MPower Change team

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Linda Sarsour is an award winning racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare and mother of three. She is a Palestinian-Muslim-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading force of activists, artists, youth and formerly incarcerated individuals committed to criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy. Most recently, she was one of the national co-chairs of the largest single day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. She has been named amongst 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world. She has won numerous awards including Champion of Change from the Obama Administration. She was recognized as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders and featured as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. She is a frequent media commentator on issues impacting Muslim communities, Middle East affairs and criminal justice reform and most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.