Muslim Wellness Foundation + Sapelo Square Presents:
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!”
This was a declaration made on Tuesday September 29, 2020 at the first presidential debate of this election. Within minutes, members of this alt-right white nationalist extremist group begin to rejoice online, celebrating this legitimizing moment of recognition by the Commander in Chief.
Did that statement, that WHITE SUPREMACIST CALL TO ACTION send a chill down your spine? Did your jaw drop? Did you turn to the person sitting next to you, mouth ajar, trying to find words to express your horror? Did you feel a tightness in your chest and a knot in the pit in your stomach? Did you roll your eyes and steady yourself to push through anyway?
What do you say when it feels like, in just the last 6 months of this pandemic nightmare, you’ve exhausted all of your words? That the onslaught of violence, corruption, incompetence, oppression has nearly robbed you of the ability to express the depth of despair, anger, resentment and fear?
What do you say?
You speak the truth.
And so here’s the truth.
Everyday we are dealing with racist violence and anti-Muslim bigotry while ALSO coping under the weight of a global health crisis that is disproportionally killing our communities and the current election season has only amplified these pressures.. So what does this all mean? It means that we must be prepared in every way possible for days, weeks and months to come.
Anas ibn Malik reported: A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, should I tie my camel and trust in Allah, or should I leave her untied and trust in Allah?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Tie her and trust in Allah.”
So we, first and foremost put our trust and faith in Allah as the all-knowing, merciful Creator. And then we tie our proverbial camel.
We get prepared by naming and acknowledging the source of oppression: white supremacy.
We get prepared by acquiring the knowledge and resources to help us make the most well-informed decisions for ourselves, families/loved ones and communities.
We get prepared by grounding ourselves in the healing practices which fortify us and enable us to weather any storm.
We will need healing in order to continue to resist.
What fortifies you?
What inspires you?
What brings you joy?
Let’s get prepared.