There comes a moment where an idea so deeply speaks to who we are as a people that we must act. The Inauguration Fast is an act of clarity in a moment of crisis; a moment in which we must act.
Imam Husayn (AS) was murdered on the plains of Kerbala for believing in justice, and demanding that justice be made manifest in the world. We fast on Ashura to commemorate that commitment.
Jan. 20, 2017, is the most direct assault on the American ideals of truth and justice. It is not dressed in pretty words or politics, but in the garb of Yazid, in the garb of a murderer. We must to do what we can to highlight what we hope America can be. We start by mourning what we are losing.
Hussein Rashid, PhD