Muslims Defend the Sacred – Solidarity with Standing Rock

Nearly 100 faith leaders from Muslim communities throughout the United States signed this letter of solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock.

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In the Name of God the Merciful, the Mercy Giving,

We must defend the sacred.

We send greetings of peace to all our American Indian sisters and brothers in these times of great violence and destruction.

The struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux and the incredible unity on display right now by American Indian tribes from across the land is inspiring the world. We stand with you for the sacred, for the water, for the Earth, and for human dignity.

Muslims from within and outside of American Indian communities stand with you for the sacred, for the water, for the Earth, and for human dignity. And we acknowledge that many of us are guests here on these great continents, your original homelands, named by some as Turtle Island.

As Muslims, these are blessed days in our calendar, a time of year when millions of people are gathered together in Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage. Part of the Islamic tradition of making pilgrimage to Mecca involves a reenactment of a Mother (Hajar / Hagar, the wife of Abraham) looking for water in the desert for her child who would otherwise die of thirst. She searched back and forth across two mountains until she prayed to All Mighty God and a spring miraculously opened for her. That spring, the well of Zam Zam, still flows in Mecca abundantly to this day.

Our sacred scripture, the Qur’an, states clearly, “We made every living thing from water.”

We know that water is life. Water is so central to our lives as Muslims that we use it to purify ourselves five times daily for prayer. However, there is a tradition of the Prophet Muhammad related to the conservation of water that says we should not waste it even if we are washing for prayer on the banks of a river.

Similar to many of your beliefs, Islam teaches that humanity is put here on this planet not to sow corruption and to destroy the land for capital as we are witnessing all around us, but that God put us here as protectors of the Earth. You have been the protectors of these lands today called the United States for millennia and that the injustices you’ve faced by this country are immeasurable. We honor all that our sisters and brothers have done in protecting this land and calling us all to stand for issues of indigenous land rights, environmental rights and responsibility, and more.

What you are doing at Standing Rock is the highest duty as a human in speaking truth in the face of injustice. We stand together with you as Muslims here on this land from all across the Earth–those born here, ones who immigrated, the descendants of those brought here as slaves, and the growing communities of American Indian Muslims.

At a time when our communities only hear lies about one another in the press, this is the moment to come together as people and to know one another so we can build a better world for all.

Our prayers are with you in these days. Please let us know how we can support you in your struggle. We are sending funds to support your movement and water from the well of Zam Zam as a symbolic sign of sacredness and solidarity.

We pray that The Creator gives you strength, may your struggle be victorious and may your journey be blessed.


Abdul Hakim Hamid, Imam
Abdullah Ali, Zaytuna College
Abu Qadir Alamin, SF Muslim Community Center
Aisha al-Adawiya, Founder, Women In Islam Inc
Altaf Husain, Associate Professor, Howard University -School of Social Work
Ameena Jandali
Bilal Ansari, Chaplain
Colleen Keyes
Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, ISPU
Dawud Walid, Executive Director, CAIR-MI
Dawud Walid, Imam, ED at CAIR MI
Dr. Ahmad Jaber, President, Islamic Mission of America
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Co-Founder and Professor, Zaytuna College, National Chair, American Muslims for Palestine.
Dr. Muzammil Ahmed, Chairperson, Michigan Muslim Community Council
Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Sapelo Square
Dustin Craun, Founder, Ummah Wide
Faatimah Knight
Fatima Salman
Heba Macksoud, Director, Zaytuna College
Hind Makki, Islamic Society of North America, Program Committee
Hussam Ayloush, Executive Director, CAIR-LA
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Sound Vision
Imam Omar Suleiman, President, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research
Imam Sayyid Hassan Al-Qazwini, Islamic Institute of America
Imraan Siddiqi, Executive Director, CAIR-AZ
J. Lamptey, Director, ISJIE
Jamaal Diwan, Imam and Chaplain
Joe Bradford, Director, Wellspring Endowment
Kalia Abiade, Advocacy Director, Center for New Community
Kameelah Rashad, Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation
Khalid Latif, Executive Director, ICNYU
Layla Fayiz
Linda Sarsour, Co-founder, MPower Change
Mansoor Sabree, Regional Director
Marc Manley, Middle Ground
Margari Hill, Programming Director, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC)
Mark Crain, – Director of Digital Innovation
Mark Gonzales, Founder, Narrative Growth
Mika’il Stewart Saadiq, Outreach Director, Michigan Muslim Community Council
Mohamad Joban, Imam
Mohamed T Khairullah, Mayor of the Borough of Prospect Park
Mohammad Ali Naquvi, Advocacy Director, Husayn Center for Social Justice
Mohammed Faqih, Imam, Islamic Institute of Orange County
Mohammed Khaku
Moustafa Kamel, Religious Director at WCIS
Mufti Mohmmed Wasim Khan, Director of ISRA Foundation
Mus’ab Abdalla
Muslema Purmul, Chaplain at UCLA, USC, and UCI
Nomaan Baig, Director, Institute of Knowledge
Noor Raheemullah Hasan, Executive Director, Muslim Women’s Alliance
Rasheeda Plenty
Rubina Tareen, Islamic Society of Schuylkill County
Ryan B. Hilliard, Youth Director, Islamic Association of Collin County
S. Hadi Qazwini
Saad Eldegwy, Imam of San Diego
Sabiha Ahmed
Salahadeen Osman, Imam of Salahadeen Center of Nashville
Salahuddin M. Muhammad, Associate Imam, As Salaam Islamic Center
Salam Al-Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council
Salim Patel, Commissioner, Passaic Board of Education
Shahed Amanullah, Co-Founder, Affinis Labs
Shaikh Suhail Mulla, Islamic Society of West Valley
Shamsi Ali, Imam, Jamaica Muslim Center, NY
Souleiman Konate, Imam Masjid Aqsa
Sulaiman Ahmad, Imam & Religious Director
Suroor Raheemullah, Board Director, Muslim Womens Alliance
Taha Hassane, Imam of Islamic Center of San Diego
Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Law Office of Tahirah Amatul-Wadus
Tamara Gray, Executive Director, Rabata
Tarif Shraim, Muslim Chaplain, University of Maryland
Umar Hakim, Executive Director, SHE
Usama Canon, Founding Director Ta’leef Collective
Yusuf Yasin, Resident Scholar, Maktab Fath al-Bab
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, CAIR San Francisco Bay Area
Zaid Khan
Zein Rimawi, Vice President, Arab Muslim American Federation

Dustin Craun
Dustin Craun

Dustin Craun is a writer, entrepreneur, scholar, publisher, and digital media strategist. His work in digital media has been featured in over 200 global publications, and his writings on race, philosophy, and Islamic studies have been published in academic journals and popular publications. He is the founder of Beyond Borders Studios, a digital creative agency, and Co-Founder of MPower Change.