Recognizing The Indigenous Crisis This Thanksgiving

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This week President Joe Biden signed an order to deal with the ‘crisis of violence’ in opposition to Native Americans. The order directs federal companies, together with the departments of Justice, Interior and Homeland Security, to create a method addressing what the President referred to as a “crisis of violence” in opposition to Native Americans.

This is a optimistic step sure, however it’s too little, too late.

Since  the start of documented historical past, conflict and violent acts in opposition to minority teams have stuffed our historical past books. These wars or violent acts had been perpetrated in opposition to folks based mostly on gender, race, faith, and so forth. In the twenty first century, with worldwide human rights legal guidelines, social media, and world information protection, these horrendous acts happen in plain sight and haven’t been scrutinized sufficient. In an age the place the U.S. authorities doesn’t enable racial or gendered slurs on the airwaves, that very same authorities is responsible of heinous crimes in opposition to the marginalized inside their borders.

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The indigenous folks of North America and the African Americans within the United States, endure the identical destiny because the Palestinians by the Israeli authorities, the Kashmiris by the Indian authorities, and the Uyghur folks by the Chinese authorities. China is without doubt one of the largest economies and is responsible of one of the notorious genocide in our occasions. Israel, a colony established by the British and with the United States’ assist, has terrorized the folks of Palestine for over half a century. India, which claims to be the biggest democracy, violates Muslims’ human rights in India and the Kashmiri folks each day. African Americans within the United States are regularly discriminated in opposition to violently and passively. The indigenous folks of North America proceed to be disregarded as lower than equals to their fellow residents in each Canada and the United States. Our neighborhood helps these struggles, both by working instantly with these marginalized teams, lobbying the Senate to have them handle the Uyghur situation, and offering assets, meals, and provides to the victims of the Indian authorities,

This vacation, as many people collect with  our household and buddies, we should keep in mind to maintain the indigenous folks, on whose lands we stay on, in your prayers. Get concerned of their trigger.

Allah says within the Qur’an:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

Verily, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to family members, and He forbids immorality and unhealthy conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that maybe you may be reminded. [Surah An-Nahl; 16:90]

Ibn Al-Qayyim raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) mentioned:

قَدْ بَيَّنَ سُبْحَانَهُ بِمَا شَرَعَهُ مِنْ الطُّرُقِ أَنَّ مَقْصُودَهُ إقَامَةُ الْعَدْلِ بَيْنَ عِبَادِهِ وَقِيَامُ النَّاسِ بِالْقِسْطِ فَأَيُّ طَرِيقٍ اُسْتُخْرِجَ بِهَا الْعَدْلُ وَالْقِسْطُ فَهِيَ مِنْ الدِّينِ وَلَيْسَتْ مُخَالِفَةً لَهُ

Allah the Exalted has made clear in his regulation (sharia) that the target is to determine justice between His servants and equity among the many folks, so whichever path results in justice and equity is a part of the faith and may by no means oppose it. [Al-Ṭuruq al-Ḥikmīya; 13]

One wrestle is just not extra vital than one other; based mostly on the scenario, one could be extra pressing, however all ought to continually be on our radar.

Living with the indigenous neighborhood and dwelling on unceded territory, I’ve personally realized lots concerning the indigenous folks of North America and the struggles they face each day. Their wrestle was no completely different from the struggles of the African American folks within the United States. If one group is marginalized, terrorized, or oppressed, all of us are oppressed. That is completely different for liberation. If one group is liberated, the wrestle continues till all of us are .

Of course, simply because that is talked about within the Qur’an doesn’t make it solely upto Muslims to tackle.

The Qur’an is a mercy for all of humanity. Anas ibn Malik raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, mentioned:

اتَّقُوا دَعْوَةَ الْمَظْلُومِ وَإِنْ كَانَ كَافِرًا فَإِنَّهُ لَيْسَ دُونَهَا حِجَابٌ

Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, even when he’s an unbeliever, for there isn’t any display between it and Allah . [Musnad Ahmad 12140, Grade: Sahih]

 

Missing Indigeneous Women

According to the CDC, the highest three causes of dying for a median American are coronary heart illness, most cancers, and unintentional accidents. According to the Urban Indian Health Institute, the main reason behind dying for  an indigenous girl is homicide. In 2016 over 5700 indigenous girls had been reported lacking, however the Department of Justice logged solely 116 deaths, considerably downplaying the matter’s seriousness. More and extra instances of intercourse trafficking of Native folks worldwide are being uncovered and the under-reporting of 5,500+ lacking indigenous girls doesn’t assist the battle in opposition to intercourse trafficking. Unfortunately, we’re uneducated within the matter, and after we assume indigenous, we consider the reservations. In actuality, over 70% of indigenous folks stay in an city setting. Cities with excessive charges of lacking or murdered indigenous girls embrace Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tucson, and Albuquerque. Geography is crucial to say as most of those instances occur within the western a part of the United States. Data collected from 71 Cities exhibits that there have been 506 victims. Of the 506, 25% had been lacking (not discovered), 56% had been murdered, and 19% had been unknown. So, the following time we speak about marginalized girls’s rights, please keep in mind the indigenous girl who’re statistically the best in danger for abduction or homicide due to their race.

Allah has mentioned:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ بِالْقِسْطِ شُهَدَاءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ الْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالْأَقْرَبِينَ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًا فَاللَّهُ أَوْلَىٰ بِهِمَا فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا الْهَوَىٰ أَن تَعْدِلُوا وَإِن تَلْوُوا أَوْ تُعْرِضُوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًا

“O you who believe, be persistently standing firm in justice as witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. Follow not your desires, lest you not be just. If you distort your testimony or refuse to give it, then Allah is aware of what you do.” [4:135]

 

Finally, one of the best recommendation I may give is just not from me, however the phrases of Allah , and that’s not to compromise your deen when searching for justice or for the sake of justice.

Allah says:

وَدُّوا لَوْ تُدْهِنُ فَيُدْهِنُونَ

“They wish that you should compromise (in religion out of courtesy) with them, so they (too) would compromise with you.” [Al-Qalam:9]

 

I hope this transient article about one of the susceptible and marginalized teams in North America, Indigenous Women, has elevated your information, consciousness, and empathy, and conjures up you to talk out for justice.

Here are some ideas of how you may assist:

– Find out whose lands you might be on

– Get concerned with points that have an effect on indigenous peoples, by contacting your reps, getting concerned with the #LandBack motion, and/or exhibiting as much as protests or different direct actions

– Support and amplify the work of indigenous creatives

– Spend time studying about indigenous points

– Donate on to communities, and to organizations that assist indigenous liberation

 

 

 

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