Over the weekend, Muslim residents in the St Louis area marched from one local mosque, Masjid Bilal, to a neighboring mosque, Masjid Al-Mu’minun, in support of Black Lives Matter. Organized by the Muslims of Greater St. Louis, the march’s purpose was to bring attention to police brutality.
Umar Lee, 45, is part of the local Black Lives Matter movement, and says that this particular protest has taken on special meaning for him as he’s been a practicing Muslim since 1992. “Muslims stand for justice as our prophet Muhammad did,” says Mr. Lee. “We stand in solidarity with Black lives.”
Asif Umar, imam of Daar-Ul-Islam mosque, was one of the march speakers and told the crowd that indeed America was living with a pandemic but not COVID-19. A pandemic that started 400 years ago. “The pandemic of police brutality. And there’s still no vaccine… We cannot give up this fight.”