YOU SAID IT: Trump must go
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But, hey, here in Canada it’s always Harper’s fault, and in the U.S. it’s all Trump’s fault.
(At the end of the day, the loudest voices will be heard at the ballot box.)
It will be written in the history books that it was a most disheartening day during a worldwide pandemic when the Capitol was stormed after the president of the United States instigated a coup. As a Canadian and as an Ahmadi Muslim, this is greatly upsetting since the U.S. is considered a bastion of democracy, not only for us, but also for the world. As far as they possibly can, they stand for the democratic rights of others.
There is a verse of the Qur’an that describes the type of people who stormed the Capitol, who “are those who would fondly listen to any lie” (Qur’an, 5:41), and my advice to all others in reacting to them is, “And let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice.” (Qur’an, 5:9)
The Ahmadiyya Community’s Caliph said in his Friday sermon of Jan. 1, “Our true happiness will be when humanity begins to recognize the rights we owe to one another,” and may it be so in 2021.
I watched dumbfounded as that sacred symbol of American democracy, the Capitol, was defiled in a most deplorable manner. Truly astonishing.
One thought kept nagging at me as this sordid scene unfolded. What if these were Black Lives Matter protesters committing these crimes? What then would have been the response from the president on down to the police in the streets?
America needs our prayers now more than ever.
(Amen to that.)