Monday, July 15, 2013

Recommended Reading

Imam Khalid Latif is the chaplain of the Islamic Center of New York University, and for the past few years he's made a regular part of his repertoire during this, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a series of daily posts reflecting on its significance in his life. His post from yesterday is a thoughtful treatise wherein he ponders the broader implications of the George Zimmerman verdict, the underlying question of race, and how that question in turn suffuses the lives of Muslims here in America. One part in particular stuck out to me (the bolding is mine):
People of good conscience need to stand and speak in defense of those who are not able to stand and speak for themselves. Denying racism exists comes from a place of privilege. There are different Americas, black, white and otherwise and we should not become individuals who are oblivious to the experiences of others simply because they are not our own. We have abolished slavery in our nation but still remain slaves to ourselves.
Well said, and certainly as Muslims a big part of what this month is about is positively addressing the point he brings up in that last sentence. Read the rest here, and be sure to keep checking in throughout the rest of the month for his further Ramadan reflections.

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