Rosa Parks’ Legacy Inspires the Work of a Muslim Woman

November 1, 2005

Source: The Islamic Society of North America

On November 1, 2005 The Islamic Society of North America reported, "Rosa Parks, who died this week, served as an inspiration to many people. They ranged from those who took part in the 1960s-era struggle for civil rights to those who never knew her yet have lived out her legacy in various ways. Many of those people have both embraced her commitment to the cause of freedom and shared her strong, Christian values... Her reach, however, was by no means limited to civil rights for blacks. Nor are those she inspired only adherents of the Christian faith. Aminah Assilmi, vice president of the International Union for Muslim Women, is also a person who lives out her life and her mission in the transformative light that Parks shone on injustice and intolerance in the world... Assilmi travels the country, especially in the wake of Sept. 11, trying to bring about a more balanced view of her faith, she said... Her message is that stereotypes and intolerance are as alive today for Muslims as they were 50 years ago in Alabama. There are the Muslims who pervert the religion for their own ends. And there are those who are too quick to judge."