This blog is:
– a call to justice and solidarity, as fundamentally taught by Islamic tradition and ethos.
– a recognition that Muslims are often settlers living on indigenous territory. Though many of us [in Canada] came to be a settler through immigration and we (or the generations before us) immigrated to escape the harsh conditions and lack of opportunities of our ancestral homes wrought largely through colonialism and/or imperial wars, we too live on stolen land and must acknowledge our role in this accordingly.
– a recognition that majority of the world’s Muslims have been, in some way, affected by colonialism and many Muslims continue to be under its specter today. In this way, many Muslims stand against the ongoing colonization of lands and the lack of sovereignty and appropriate livelihood offered to many of these peoples.
– a recognition that the Muslim community’s focus has largely been on the the appalling conditions of peoples and lands overseas without much input into how these conditions and mentalities are replicated in the very country in which we reside.
– a recognition that oppressive forces that lend to the occupation and imperialism of Muslim lands, the villainization of Muslim identity, the propagation/existence of Islamophobia, etc are the same forces that lend to the dismissal and disregard of indigenous sovereignty, the oppression of indigenous peoples, the woeful standards indigenous peoples must endure, etc. In this regard, our struggles are bound together.
– a recognition that both indigenous tradition and Islamic tradition implore the sanctity of the earth and our responsibilities therein. The rights of the earth however are being eroded by the forces of profit and capitalism. As such, we are required as accountable peoples to challenge this, which the IdleNoMore movement seeks to do.
This blog is not:
– a comparison between the conditions in many Muslim-majority countries and the conditions of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
– an attempt to prosthelytize and/or convert people.
…updated on the regular. More to come.