Rabata statement in response to the verdict in the Yanez trial:
As we grieve for the life of Philando Castile and all the other black and brown men and women who have been killed by police, and as we face the hard questions of law, policy, training, and deep systemic change, let us remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As Muslims and people of faith, let us work to promote justice starting in our local masjids, then in our communities at large.
Let us welcome the opportunity to stand with our black and brown brothers and sisters as we demand to be treated with dignity and have their lives preserved.
As we pray for the family, friends, and community of Philando Castile, let us recall the words of God, “And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of God, and for those weak, ill-treated and oppressed among men, women, and children?” (Surah 4, ayah 75). Let us be at the forefront of fighting oppression, racism, and white supremacy first in ourselves and then in our communities.
Even though the road to justice seems long and arduous, let us place our trust in a Most Merciful Lord. And like the freedom fighters who came before us, let us believe, in the depths of our hearts, that we shall overcome.