This is your struggle

Your mental imprisonment is so great the only thing you can think of is fighting halfway across the world. You can’t conceptualise any positive work here where Allah has placed you. This is escapism, truncated worldview, cowardice. Do something where Allah has placed you. Otherwise all your college education, your writing, your technical skills, everything you have, are all to waste. Allah did not put you here in vain. If Allah wanted you to be halfway across world,  He would have put you there. So this place this is your battle. It is a battle of ideas, ethics, decency, and you can choose to wage that struggle or run away.

~Imam Zaid, Knowledge Retreat 1432 (speaking after several questions about the appropriate response to oppression/occupation in other parts of the world)

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