We all had a lot to process after Tuesday’s results, so I took a day for myself before writing this.
Here’s where I am today: no less unapologetically Muslim than I was when I woke up on Tuesday morning. And ready to work just as hard as we always knew we’d have to, no matter who won this election.
If you’re with us for the long-haul—the ongoing fight for justice and peace in this country, for Muslims and all people—I hope you’ll make a donation today as we get ready for this next leg of the journey.
Tuesday was definitely a blow for our communities—this is a man who has emboldened an openly, violently, racist and Islamophobic subculture in the U.S. A man who has proposed policies like registering Muslims to track us, banning Muslims from entering the U.S., and indiscriminately bombing Muslim-majority countries.
And we should remember the other communities that he’s mocked or attacked too—Latinx people, disabled people, Black people, women, immigrants, and more—all of which, needless to say, include Muslims. This man has come after all of us, and as a Muslim community, we should offer and invite solidarity in the hard days ahead, all while continuing to build the political influence and cultural capital to protect and lobby for ourselves.
MPower Change is bringing those realms together—the political and cultural—in a way that’s desperately needed for our people. And we’ll need to double down on our strategies as we confront 2017 and beyond.
Here’s why I’m hopeful about what we’ll be able to achieve. First, we have some of the country’s most prominent and learned Muslim scholars, as well as some of the most seasoned activists, advising and working alongside us—people like Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Omar Suleiman, Shaykha Muslema Purmul, Sister Aisha al-Adawiya, Sister Zahra Billoo, Fahd Ahmed, Imam Dawud Walid, and others. There’s blessing in having the support and prayers of people like this—and we’re grateful.
Secondly, our team is in the process of expanding to bring on more digital strategists, rolling out a program for fellows and interns, launching a new volunteer support team, and finding MPower Change leaders in every major city to give us more of an on-the-ground presence—we’re growing.
And thirdly, and certainly most importantly, are these two brief reminders. Number one, that the Quran tells us in a chapter called “The Relief” that “indeed, with hardship there is ease. Indeed with hardship, there is ease”—a reminder that every difficulty can be overcome. And number two, that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, told us:
O community of Muslims, roll up your sleeves, for the matter is momentous. Prepare for an imminent journey. Garner provision now as the journey is long. Lighten your loads, for before you is an ascent most steep! Only those traveling lightly shall bear its climb.
O humanity, before the Hour comes, you will see wonders, vast tribulations, and difficult times. Darkness will prevail, and foulness will take the forefront. Those who enjoin right will be oppressed, and those who condemn vice will be suppressed.
Hence, strengthen your faith for that time, and cling to faith as you would clench on for dear life. Flee to righteous deeds, and force yourselves to perform them. Be patient during the difficult times, and you will eventually arrive to eternal bliss.
This fight for justice and peace is destined for victory, God-willing, and full of righteous deeds—if, as a community, we could force ourselves to perform them. Please click here to chip and support our work.
Linda, Dustin, Mark, Mohammad, and the MPower Change team