President Trump’s administration is “fascist,” but Islam’s prophet Muhammad was a human rights activist,” according to Linda Sarour, a Palestinian activist known for her leadership of the Women’s March.
Sarsour’s comments at a banquet in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 2 were captured by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
“This administration is not like any other administration. We are talking about a time in the United States of America when we are living under fascism. These are fascists,” she said.
Sarsour criticized President Trump for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem.
“I declare to all of you here today in Sacramento that Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine.”
Sarsour said she had to go to public school because her parents couldn’t afford a private Islamic school.
“As I grew older, I realized that I got cheated out of my Islamic education,” she said.
“You know what I feel like I got cheated out of? Nobody told me that my beloved Prophet Muhammad was an activist. He was a human rights activist.”
Sarsour asserted 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,” she said.
She encouraged Muslims to engage in politics even if their mosques usually avoid it.
“Here’s my answer to (Muslims who say they’re not political). If you woke up this morning, and you are breathing and you are Muslim, you’re political.”