Today, Muslims in America woke up to the news of Donald Trump winning the presidential election with an overwhelming feeling of shock. While his victory speech was moderate, and while we all know that he’s not an ideologue, the emboldening and normalizing of the racist and xenophobic rhetoric as well as individuals who espouse such views of hate is alarming. We hope and pray for the prosperity of our country and for the safeguarding of the civil and human rights of all its citizens.
Below is a small sample of what’s being said by Muslim leaders.
Dr. Hatem El-Hajj | Facebook Page
Alhamdulillah, Those who counted on Clinton, they now have Trump. Those who counted on Allah, they still have Allah. Those who will not focus now on building a sound infrastructure and thriving institutions for the Muslim community in America will bear the disgrace of inaction. Those who will continue the infighting and bickering that are fueled by feeble intellects, haughty egos, and ignorance (or the more dangerous limited knowledge) will deserve whatever punishment they may receive.
وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ
But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you
Shaykh Omar Suleiman | Facebook Page
Not because Hillary did, but because bigotry won. This country just elected an openly racist, sexist, obnoxious xenophobe to lead it. Gone are the days in which we could lecture any other nation on extremism or immorality. This leaves the nation bare for the world to see it for what it is. Donald Trump doesn’t just represent the fringe of America, he represents a chunk of it. Have I lost hope? No. I’m not going anywhere. I, and millions of others who envisioned a better nation, will continue to fight to redeem it. We thought we ditched our ugly past only to realize that our present is just as horrid. Now that it’s undeniable, our response needs to be unparalleled. We’ve got work to do people. But God willing, we’ll get there. #electionnight
Shaykh Walead Mosaad | Facebook Page
Donald Trump has won this election and it would be a mistake on our part to attribute it merely to the racism, sexism, and xenophobia of uneducated rural whites. Many people came out to vote for him in unprecedented numbers because they are fed up with a system that continually enriches a ultra-small elite at the expense of the masses who no longer have adequate access to well-paying jobs, healthcare, and education. The neoliberal system that has been in place for much of our history is showing signs of wear and is probably long beyond its expiry date. Yes, Trump may be a false prophet, but when people have to choose between the continuance of a status quo that has impoverished them and between the false promise of a conman, desperation has a way of finding hope in the dimmest of places.
Shaykh Mohammad Elshinawy | Facebook Page
My eyes see poll results. My heart sees Allah’s promise. No contest. I believe in a God that, when His believing servants ignore the verse, He modifies the universe – helping them snap out of apathy and delusion; helping them rush back to Him. Alhamdulillah; Allah is Most Kind. I believe in a Prophet (saws) who embraced insurmountable odds; one who foretold prophecies in the darkest hour; prophecies of glory and sunshine; prophecies that were never wrong; prophecies that history continues to watch unfold. Alhamdulillah. And whoever accepts anything but Allah and His Messenger (saws) as their anchor, they will be uprooted by every wind. Alhamdulillah.
Shaykh Omar Husain | Facebook Page
Earlier today I spoke at a private Christian school to a group of Muslims and non-Muslims. Of course, almost the entire hour was spent discussing what happened during last night’s elections. At the end of the session, the head clergy of the school came in and addressed us. He has not come into the sessions before. His message was simple. He said that he loved us all and that he was there for us if we needed anything. A fairly standard statement you may expect from someone in his position. Only this time, it was different. It felt so genuine and sincere because there was now a legitimate concern. A concern of the direction our country is heading. While we always appreciate the help and support of anyone, we realize that nothing will happen without the will of Allah. It doesn’t matter how difficult it may seem.
Ponder this powerful hadith of the Prophet, peace and blessings upon him: Abu al-‘Abbas ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (ra) reports “One day I was riding (a horse/camel) behind the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when he said, ‘Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of God, and He will take care of you. Be mindful of Him, and you shall find Him at your side. If you ask, ask of God. If you need help, seek it from God. Know that if the whole world were to gather together in order to help you, they would not be able to help you except if God had written so. And if the whole world were to gather together in order to harm you, they would not harm you except if God had written so. The pens have been lifted, and the pages are dry.’ ”
This is a time to return back to Allah. This is not a time to run away and hide. It is time to strengthen our relationship with the Quran. No more waiting. We will have even more opportunities to convey the beautiful teachings of Islam. Will we accept the challenge, or back down? The Muslim community in America is more diverse, vibrant, and creative than it ever has been. We have the tools to change the narrative. Keep your head up and keep going. Realize Allah’s promise when he says “Verily, whoever has Taqwa of Allah and is patient, Allah will not let the reward of such good people go to waste.” This life is temporary, and our ultimate goal is eternal.”
Linda Sarsour | Facebook Page
I was gonna say I woke up, but then I remembered I haven’t slept yet and guess what? I am still unapologetically Muslim American.
I am sad as hell, disappointed as hell. I ain’t even gonna lie, I shed a tear or two. But other than that and for reasons I am not exactly sure of, I am feeling alright. God is the best of planners. He wants us to look a little deeper. There’s something there for us. We just have to look a lil harder, that’s all. Trust.
Let’s give some extra love to the children. Most important thing we can do.
Shaykh Zaid Shaker | Facebook Page
America today is no different than it was yesterday. The sun will shine, the birds will chirp and the clouds will still roll across the sky. We need to move beyond the cycle of panicked reactions to crises, real or perceived, and begin working more systematically to address issues concerning us and our fellow citizens.
Although the prospect of the Alt-Right entering the mainstream poses clear challenges for Muslims and racial minorities in this country, every swing state Trump won yesterday was won by Obama in 2008 so it is not simply racist angst at work here. People are insecure and unsettled and Muslims should begin working to position ourselves to be a voice of reason, comfort and direction when Trump fails all of the people Obama failed after his landslide victory in 2008 (most popular votes ever). He will fail them – God knows best.
As alluded to above, there is of course a dangerous racist fringe that feels it is empowered by Trump’s victory. We have to attempt to mitigate its attractiveness by working with others to develop a language of political discourse that creates the psychological space for those desiring a change to actually change in real, deep and perceptible ways. The radical left cannot provide us with that language. Far too many Muslims have adopted the language and politics of the radical left in our efforts to advance the interests of our community. We need to begin speaking confidently in the language that has helped to forge a tradition that has brought more disparate racial, ethnic and national groups together than any force in history. If not now, when? If not us, who?
In conclusion, perhaps the shock so many are dealing with will prove beneficial. There is a higher plan and logic governing these events. Do not despair, work hard and be patient. The passing days will reveal to us realities we are currently ignorant of.
May Allah bless, help and protect us all.
Shaykh Suhaib Webb | Facebook Page
Towards the end of the Meccan period things were not looking good for the Prophet (sa) and his fledgling community: they faced bone-crushing opposition, a social boycott, the loss of lives and property, and it seemed as though things just kept getting worse. Added, is that common sense sided with the Prophet, but the Meccans chose to ignore it, acting in ways that went against their own best interests and logic. Then, Allah revealed the following verse:
فَٱسْتَقِمْ كَمَآ أُمِرْتَ وَمَن تَابَ مَعَكَ وَلاَ تَطْغَوْاْ إِنَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ
“Stay upright as God has commanded you, you and those who follow you. Do not disobey because God is aware of your actions.” Qur’an 11:112
The implications of this verse were riveting. In mainstream books dedicated to explaining the Qur’an, scholars mention that Ibn ‘Abbas said, “There is not a verse of Qur’an that God revealed to the Prophet (sa) more difficult and burdensome on him (sa) as this verse.” In fact, the Prophet (sa) is on record saying about the chapter (Hud) that this verse is found, “It aged me.” Numerous companions (God be pleased with them) stated that they saw the Prophet (sa) in their dreams, and when they asked him, “How did that chapter (Hud) age you?” He mentioned the verse above, “Stay upright as God has commanded you, you and those who follow you..”
As we awaken to a Trump presidency, knowing that many in America turned off their logic and voted for racism, bigotry, sexism and xenophobia, what Van Jones correctly called a “White lash” we must stay strong and dedicated. It feels a little like Mecca. And that is why this verse is important to you.
As you move through the day, remind yourself of this verse:
1. If you get scared, “Stay upright as God has commanded.”
2. When you worry about your kids, “Stay upright as God has commanded.”
3. Organize with other communities and oppose this President, “Stay upright as God has commanded.”
4. When you fear for the immigrants, the underserved and the weak, “Stay upright as God has commanded.”
Let that command echo in your soul, fill your heart and embolden you to face the next four years with bravery that is sourced from your trust, dedication and love to Allah. Allah is greater than Trump! And since you do not trust in Trump or time do not let them move you to give up on the truth because Allah is Akbar. Let us set upon this era with a renewed dedication and passion, clinging to our duties to Allah, dedicating ourselves to Muslim unity, organizing with others to oppose this administration and staying brave, not wavering.
“Say upright as God has commanded you, you and those who follow you, and do not deviate because God is aware of you.”
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi | Facebook Page
Searching through the Seerah of our beloved, there are so many instances and occasions where the Muslims felt that something had happened to their disadvantage, but in each of those cases, Allah used that disadvantage to bring about good. In the most obvious of those instances, the Treaty of Hudaybiyya was viewed as a major loss and was a moral defeat for the believers, yet Allah revealed, at a time when the believers were demoralized and dejected, “Verily, We have given you a massive and clear victory!” And the faith of the Companions was so strong that, despite the fact that none of them could understand or comprehend how Hudaybiyya could possibly be a victory, they believed with all their hearts and souls that it WAS a victory, merely because Allah had told them so. Alas, we do not have any explicit Scripture revealed to us in particular to console us about this tragedy! But we DO have revealed texts that tell us that our Lord is with us; that He shall aid and support the righteous; that everything that happens is willed by Him, and for our good; that if we put our trust in Him, we shall prevail, and, most importantly, that He and He alone is in charge of our affairs, and He and He alone will judge us and grant the righteous paradise. So, with that in mind, we refocus on our primary goal, and renew our faith, and reengage with ourselves, our families, and our communities, until we meet our Lord.
Dr. Shadee Elmasry | Facebook Page
“Patience is at the first blow,” said the Messenger peace be upon him. Let’s be honest, we’ve had it easy for eight years. We’ve seen Muslims being included everywhere from the name “Husayn” at the swearing in to a woman in hijab extra in a Coke commercial that aired on Super Bowl Sunday. Things were rosy. But this morning, the clock turns back. To give some perspective: we have not hit a new low. Tribalism has always been around, and millions before us have been on the wrong end of the stick. I hate to see Muslims complaining. Firstly, if people fight us for our deen, isn’t it worth it? Secondly, nothing’s happened yet. And if it does, 99% chance it will not be worse than what Blacks and Jews have faced in the past. “Regarding your dunya, look at those who have it worse.”
One of my favorite old sayings is: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Toughness in the discourse of the prophets is not by personality, wealth, power, or institutions. It’s by trust in Allah. That trust calls for two things: We prioritize our worship over our action. #2 We don’t skip a beat in our action. The Prophet said, “If you hear the trumpet of the end of time being blown and your planting a tree, continue planting it.” Keep up action.
Lastly, can we learn some lessons here? Are we relyng on the liberal left for our safety? The Trump election is a good test for that. There’s a spiritual flaw called tawakkul ala al-khalq, relying on creation. Creation is not going to be there for you forever. We can’t rely on this crutch. The White House, the Senate, the House, and probably the Supreme Court (he’s appointing a justice + two justices are hovering around 80 years old)—all of these are now Red. They can run the table however they want. As my friend put it: all of this is rigged…by the Lawh al-Mahfuz, a destined test to see if we will trade in our deen or if we will be patient.
I’m seeing so many pertinent reminders coming from the various institutions, blogs and imams that I’m confident we will buckle down and pass the coming test by Allah’s permission.
Patience is the word of the day, but how is it attained? It is a slow process that begins with knowledge which is made into a reality by dhikr.
The knowledge is this: where does hardship come from and why? We’re taught in aqida: The good and the bad both come from Allah. Why? “So that He can purify what is in your hearts” (4:154). This is the number one purpose behind tests. Nothing happens without a reason. Bad things are bad for us who live minute by minute, second by second. But to the Creator who sees the entire picture spanning eons, there is a great wisdom in all bad happenings, and we will see that wisdom in this life or the next.
The beauty of this religion is that it shows us how to take an abstract idea like the above and transform it into a feeling, which eventually becomes a state of being. And that’s by solitude and dhikr. Did you know that we are the only umma to be given the phrase inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. To Allah we belong, and unto Him we shall return. If we belong to Him, we know He is the Compassionate, the Merciful, the Wise. We are in good hands. The reward for saying this is “blessings, mercy, and guidance.”
Another one that is critical which we should be saying daily: HASBUNA ALLAH WA NI’M AL-WAKEEL.
Allah is enough for us and what an excellent one to take over our affairs. This is what the Companions were given when ten thousands enemy troops surrounded their city. “People said, ‘They’ve gathered around you, so fear them!’ They replied, ‘hasbunallah wa i’m al-wakeel.’ So the trial passed over them by the blessings of Allah and they returned with bounty. No harm touched them. They followed what pleases Allah, and Allah has much bounty to give.”
Regarding our inner states when things turn sour, this is our way forward.
Shaykha Muslema Purmul | Facebook Page
Masajid and other community institutions which foster congregational and spiritual connection should consider having all-day “Community Healing Hours” with tea, coffee, and pastries. Even if it can only be for a few hours…People want to be together today, they want to sit and feed off each other’s energy and strength. It would be ideal for some religious teachers and counselors to be present and available as well. After Isha it would be nice for everyone to gather for a “Pray-In” in the prayer space. Maybe a short spiritual reminder followed by some extra units of prayer followed by a long heartfelt supplication. People are yearning for some togetherness and divine remembrance. Those with the keys to such spaces, your hospitality and leadership is needed today. Those who don’t hold the keys, consider contacting your institution and volunteer your services in setting this up.
Hena Zuberi | Facebook Page
What will I tell my children if Trump is elected the President of the United States?
I will tell them to trust the Highest Power. I will tell them that Never fear anyone but God. Sweetie, we have to be kinder and gentler to each other because the world will be a lot meaner. We will hold each other and feed off each other’s power. We will turn off the TV and make family time sacred. Mama will spend less time on Twitter and more time with friends and allies. We will read from Seerah on the era of the boycott and gain strength from it. Remember “Do not cry, my daughter,” the Beloved said, “for God shall protect your father.” Just remember that. Sometimes, what goes around comes around and sometimes the Creator tests us and sometimes He punishes us, but The Source of Peace always Loves us. He is always in control, even when things look like they are out of control.
Baby, we cannot live blindfolded, pretending that bad does not exist. A strong person looks evil in the eyes and carries forward. Nothing can harm you if it was not meant to harm you. We will double our prayers of protection. We will check in on our neighbors more often. We will defend each other. We will give more. We won’t just think about ourselves we will think of others who may suffer more. We will be like Moses in the land of Pharaoh. We were never living in a post-racial America. This country was not ready for a woman president. We needed to wake up, get our acts together. Maybe now our communities will realize this. We will build community power, and community resilience. We will fill our houses of worship. Now is the time to shine even more brighter. We were chosen for this time and this place. Now to live up to our potential. We will continue being who we are because we are good people. Don’t you let anyone tell you otherwise.
Remember, this land does have a constitution. And it has good people too. So we will look for the good, search for it. We will keep our eye on the bad but we will look out for the good. We all prayed for the best. Did we not? Maybe this is for the best for us.
Umm Zakiyyah | Facebook Page
My only thoughts on the election results are my prayer that I, along with my Muslim brothers and sisters, are among the believers whom Allah describes in this ayah of Qur’an that I posted on my social media this morning:
Shaykh Tahir Anwar | Facebook Page
For all of us that haven’t done anything in the last 15 years since 9/11, but became slaves of our careers and lifestyles, letting a very few do ALL the work, this should be a wake up call for you. Go. Go. Go. Get involved. In any capacity. Fill your weekends with non-profit work, not parties. Fill your afternoons by volunteering, not fancy lunches. Spend your money on causes, not things. Support those around you who actually DO the work. Life is passing us by. Make it count.
Mobeen Vaid | Facebook Page
People need to relax. Donald Trump is not Dajjal and this is not the Day of Judgment. I get that long-winded cries of pain and emotional outpouring is cathartic, but some people just need to get a grip.
What provides comfort to the heart is the remembrance of Allah and that is what we should maintain in times of ease and difficulty. Part of a lengthier dua that the Prophet (pbuh) was described as seldom leaving a gathering without making by Ibn ‘Umar (ra):
اللهم لا تجعل مصيبتنا في ديننا، ولا تجعل الدنيا أكبر همنا، ولا مبلغ علمنا، ولا تسلط علينا من لا يرحمنا
O Allah, let no misfortune afflict our Deen; let not worldly affairs be our greatest concern nor the ultimate limit of our knowledge, and let not those rule over us who do not show mercy to us.
Allah Knows Best.
Chereen | Mental Health Specialist
As someone whose ancestors were part of a difficult plight and lost their homes, I dealt with an identity crisis as soon as I hit my teens. By the age of 13, I decided that I was both Arab and American, because I learned so much from both. I had an identity. I developed a home within my heart. There was comfort and ease, and I felt like I could overcome any prejudice and racism at school. But now, I wonder. With bullying being okayed, will I ever feel at home? Home to me means ease, zero anxiety, a place where I can be myself, and a haven where laughter comes naturally. Sadly to say, many people went from feeling excited to feeling fearful. I went from feeling at ease, to feeling displaced and wondering how to redefine home.
While your home and mine might feel shaky right now, being unaccepted for simply being who we are should not ruin the foundation that took years of dedication and many years of effort. I have come to realize that home goes past being a place. My definition of home is not shaken by others disdain towards me. Home comes from the self-confidence I have in remaining true to myself, and true to my Creator who will never let me down.
There are people and places who occupy rooms within my home (my home being my heart), but at the end of the day my home is built upon faith in God and faith in the good that comes from believing in Him. While my foundation might crack, I refuse to allow it reach an irreparable state. Amid feeling unwelcome, I will always have my heart to support me. I will always have a place to call home. Insha’Allah.
Kameelah Mu’min Rashad | Facebook Page
Trump is one man. One man who has emboldened and deputized folks like David Duke and organizations like the Ku Klux Klan.
Praying for myself and all who are feeling shock, disbelief, despair and rage. Those who have had to comfort terrified, sobbing children. Those who are afraid of being assaulted and harassed in the streets. Those afraid of going to work or school in predominantly white settings, wondering how many of your colleagues/peers cast a vote for a despicable racist.
You have the right to “be in your feelings”. Full stop.
Give yourself time to process all of it. You deserve that – you deserve to be kind to yourself. You deserve to be honest with yourself. To be mad as hell.
Yes, I have no doubt that we will struggle on. We will keep the faith and move forward. But right now? Right NOW, I’m haunted by the sound of my daughter crying at 4am, asking “when are we leaving, it’s not safe for us here”.
Healing begins with acknowledgement of pain and suffering. I’m here to witness and affirm.
Zeba Khan | Facebook Page
When I dropped my children off to school this morning one of their little friends, who is six and in first grade, ran out of line to ask me a question.
“Hey! Iman’s mom!”
“Yes dear?” I answered.
“Are you leaving the United States of America?”
I blinked a few times. I must’ve blinked a few more. She asked again. “Are you leaving? Like, leaving the country?”
“Not now you mean?” she offered helpfully, “You mean like maybe you’re leaving in a month or so?”
My brain was forced into a gear not typical for 8am on a school morning. It went from 0-60, starting at He Can’t Do That and zooming towards People Thought Hitler Couldn’t Either.
I thought about the way people stare at my eight year old when she wears her favorite hijab, the pink one with the cat ears. I thought about the cashier who reminded me that I was in America, as if I could have possibly forgotten what country I was from or currently in.
I thought about my son, whose classmates tried to call him “Kevin” because Khalid, a name with two syllables and larger-than-life social media star to front it, was “too hard” to say.
I don’t know, to be honest, where my future will be. I had been living abroad for sixteen years before this previous one, and I was happy with the expat life. I came back for the same reason that many move here for in the first place- for opportunity. I have a child with special needs whose future depends on the kind of education and treatment not currently available where I was living. All three of my children have a rare disease whose specialists are concentrated in a handful of countries, and unsurprisingly, America is one of them. I turned back to our little friend.
“No dear. We’re here.”
She grinned and ran off the join her class, mingling with the rest of the six year olds sharing pencils and fears of deportation.
For now, we’re here.
Shaykh Hasib Noor | Facebook Page
To our brave Muslim Women in an era of Trump
– Fear is natural. Anxiety of the unknown is human.
We are here to not disregard your natural fears & your questioning to maintain your hijab.
But this fear should not translate to feeling helpless & hopeless.
You have many examples in your struggle, you are not alone.
Sumayyah who stood firmly for her faith.
Um Ammarah who defended the Prophet peace be upon him.
Um Sulaym who took care of believers.
Aisha the outspoken scholar of scholars.
Zaynab a quiet mountain in the care of the weak, orphans, & poor.
Umm Salamah among many advisors.
Seek your strength in Hope in God & His protection.
Seek your resolve & steadfastness knowing He is worth it… & THEY are not.
Our faith guides us even in our emotion & founded in trusting God:
‘Do not fear them, but fear Me, if you are true believers.’ Quran 3:175.
God has purpose that we trust in.
‘God always prevails in His purpose, though most people do not realize it.’ Quran 12:21
We are here to protect.
We are here to defend.
We are here to support all of our sisters and do our OUTMOST in doing so.
Our faith is one of compassion for all of humanity.
But it is also a faith of standing our ground against oppressors.
Cowards intimidating innocent are met with strength.
As Brother Malcolm, may God have mercy on his soul, said “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”
I advise myself, my sisters, & my brothers with:
Unshakable trust in God
Standing strong in a time we need all on board.
This is not the time to sit
It’s time to stand.
Never question your resolve because of the barking threats of cowards.
“We have no idea whether evil is intended for those on the earth, or whether their Lord intends them to be rightly guided.” Quran 72:10
‘Say, ‘Only what God has decreed will happen to us. He is our Master: let the believers put their trust in God.’ Quran 9:51
“Say I believe in Allah and stand firm.” – Our beloved Prophet peace be on him
“God is with those who are mindful of Him and who work with excellence.” Quran 16:128
God is with us. And He is enough for you & I.
May Allah continue to bless & protect you all.