My Salaam - Is a feminist Muslim-hijabi-academic-activist a walking contradiction?: "That is not to say that Islam isn’t used as a tool by oppressors to justify their atrocities—Daesh is a case in point. But such distortions are not unique to Islam; slavery was justified using Christian theology at a time in history. However, even as a 14-year-old, I refused to believe that human misinterpretation of God’s words should take precedence over the divine principles of justice and mercy that I had been taught to live by. To this day, I try to ground my activism in the belief that God is both Merciful and Just, and that as Muslims, we cannot achieve personal salvation without a firm commitment to justice for all.
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