Today as we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day we note that with increasing hateful rhetoric among certain political aspirants, racism continues to be entrenched in American society despite the work of Dr. King and others like him.
In such an environment ICNA calls on all Americans to strive to erase the false lines of division and fight against the evils of religious bigotry, sexism, racism, and economic exploitation.
ICNA President Naeem Baig said “Let us not allow politicians to build their popularity by creating fears through racist and bigoted statements.”
More than half a century later, Dr. King continues to be an inspiration in the fight for dignity and equal rights in America.
Under rising Islamophobic oratory and hate crimes, the American Muslim community can emulate Dr. King’s methods of peaceful engagement to overcome hate and intolerance.
As he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. King recognized that the Civil Rights movement was part of a universal struggle for human rights.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a reward for the one who establishes justice among people.” Combating injustice is a moral duty for Muslims, and they can take inspiration from inspiring leaders like Dr. King.