Please join me and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington at a Martin Luther King Celebration. It is time to realize that our world in locked in a ever-escalating downward spiral of violence and that non-violent resistance to oppression is the only viable solution. Warfare as we know it today would not have been permissible under the conditions presented by the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, 14oo years ago. The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, at Hudaibiyyah called for 10 years of non-violence – peace between himself-the Muslims-their allies and the open-enemies of Islam, the Mecaan Quraish that had expelled them from their homes.
It is time for that call again today – Non-Violence. Ten years of non-violence, ten years to negotiate the peace, justice and the end of occupation. Muslims must take the first step. The Prophet Muhammad – demonstrated on many occasions that non-violence, non-retailation, not taking revenge is a viable strategy to achieve peace and freedom. Ghandi, Dr. King, Rev. Desmond Tutu-Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah and many others have evidenced that non-violence can be a tool for liberation.
When we count the lives lost to Muslim-on-Muslim violence (Sudan, Somalia, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc) and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now maybe Yemen will be added to the theatre of war- endless war is in sight.
It is time to revisit the words of Dr. King and make a radical call for non-violence to end oppression. It will not be easy. It will be a struggle.
As-Salaamu alaikum – Peace Be Upon You All