To Those Who Marched Fifty Years Ago: Thank You

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Infinitely Merciful Beloved Lord

To those who marched fifty years ago: Thank You.

Thank you for your sacrifice on behalf of the civil rights of not just African-Americans, but all Americans. Thank you for your marching on Washington to demand equal rights before the law. Thank you for enduring fire hoses, and dogs, and police brutality to fight for justice.

Thank you for calling America on her injustice done to some of her children. Thank you for no longer tolerating discrimination based on the color of one's skin. Thank you for fighting the good fight, the fruits of which I - as an American Muslim born decades later - enjoy every single day of my life.

Because of you, I can live where I live today. Because of you, I can practice medicine where I practice today. Because of you, I do not have to look for a "Colored" drinking fountain; or lunch counter; or section on a public bus or train. Because of you, I can vote without having to pay a tax.

Thank you.

In Muslim tradition, it is said that "those who do not thank others, do not properly thank God." And so, on the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, I say Thank You. Your courage and sacrifice has done me - and scores of fellow Americans like me - a tremendous service. You deserve to be praised. You deserve to be thanked. You deserve to be honored.

God bless and thank you.


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