Do you know the story of Rachel Corrie?
She wasn’t a Muslim, she hadn’t read the Quranic ayat that commands us to stand firmly for justice:
Holy Quran Surah Nissa (4) Ayat 135 :
“O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily God is well- acquainted with all that ye do.”
Rachel hadn’t heard those words, she wasn’t a Muslim, but she felt her responsibility was to stand against injustice so she went to Palestine. She stood against this Israeli army bulldozer, defending a Palestinian home from destruction. The bulldozer drove directly over her, twice, crushing her body and she lost her life, standing for justice on the 16th of March 2003.
She was only 23 years old with her whole life in front of her. She had the same aspirations that all of us have for life and yet she sacrificed her life to stand against injustice.
So what is OUR responsibility as MUSLIMS?