Evil in Our Time

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Abraham Lincoln’s famous words are ones that ring in my mind when I watch the latest atrocities on the news. How is it that a nation built on the backs of immigrants fleeing persecution rejects the very same people when they turn to it for help? Families are being literally torn apart, and our government, despite all the commotion regarding the issue, fails to address this on account of the President of the United States pointing his finger in a classic game of party politics. These are human beings we are talking about, not the dogs they are treated like, and they, being the children of Adam, have as much of a right to live peacefully as any of us. Yet, their right is cast aside, their desire to raise their kids in a safe environment is ignored, and they are punished for doing what any of us would do if we were in there situation. As a parting thought, imagine this scene: as you reach for your child with your arms outstretched, he is snatched away. The only thing you know is that he is essentially going to prison while you are exiled back to the evil you tried so hard to escape.

As Imam Zaid Shakir eloquently said, "Compassion as a general description for America is like a cat: it has many lives and dies many deaths. It died on the slave man’s auction block. It died at Wounded Knee. It died with Queen Liliuokalani’s broken heart. It died in the concentration camps in the Philippines. It died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It died in Emmitt Till’s coffin. It died on a balcony at a Memphis hotel. It died at My Lai. It died at Abu Ghraib. It died at Baghram. It died in Guantanamo. It dies with every school shooting. It dies with every youth suicide. It dies with every drug overdose. It dies every time an unarmed black youth is shot by a cop. Now it is dying at the Mexican border. In America, it dies every day. This is who we are.

As Muslims, we are taught that God does not look at one’s color, rather, He looks at one’s heart and deeds. We are all human and as such we all have a right to lead a dignified life. That being the case, we have to reject the politics of racial and national chauvinism. As a community we should be in the forefront of an effort to challenge the racist basis of many of the current immigration policies. We should also be in the forefront of letting our fellow Americans know that over the course of the last several decades, millions of innocent children have perished as a direct result of the policies pursued by this country, and millions more have been orphaned." [read the article here]

Read below to learn more about how you can end family separation: 

  • Sign up to receive an #endfamilyseparation toolkit, sponsored by RAICES, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
  • Sign the KIND petition to urge the Secretary of Homeland Security to do his job to protect our country's people
  • Call your senators and representatives! Demand that your members of congress end policies separating families and detaining children. Demand that President Trump, DHS Secretary Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions end family separation and detention through social media, letters, appropriations, and in Congressional hearings
  • Urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor the following legislation
    • S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act
    • R. 2043/S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018
    • R. 5950/S.2937 – the HELP Separated Children Act
    • R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act
  • Support efforts to defund family separation in appropriations and decrease funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices within the Department of Justice
  • Spread the word!!! Help further the cause for justice by simply posting on social media, talking to others, or sharing this blog post, so that others are able to help end family separation as well