In the Name of Allah; the Gracious, the Merciful
Dear Muslim Writers Guild of America:
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
In 1852, white Northerners invited a former slave of illegitimate birth to speak about the Fourth of July. What was expected to be a celebration of the North’s abolitionist efforts proved, instead, to be a blistering attack on hypocrisy. During his address, Frederick Douglas exclaimed:
“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine” … “a gross injustice” … “your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery” …
As shocking as the address was, the reaction was even more stunning – the crowd erupted in universal applause.
What happened that day? How did a former slave mesmerize an audience he so harshly criticized?
With words, nothing more.
I invite you to employ this same method to revolutionize the perception of Islam in America.
I invite you to change the game.