Dawud Walid quoted a passage from the Quran to deliver his speech’s point on social justice: Oppression is worse than murder.

Walid, who is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan, was the keynote speaker Friday at the eighth semi-annual event called “Social Justice in Islam,” organized by the Western Michigan University student organization the Muslim Students Association and held in the Bernhard Center.

Walid, who lives in Detroit, addressed the more than 400 Muslims and non-Muslims in attendance by frequently reciting from the Quran in Arabic and then translating the meaning of the passages into English. He stressed Islam’s teaching about oppression and gave examples of how it harms the psyche of people for generations.


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