Public Comment

A Muslim's Letter to President-elect Donald Trump

Khalida Jamilah
Thursday November 10, 2016 - 02:44:00 PM

Dear Mr. Trump,

I am an immigrant Muslim woman from Indonesia. You might ban people like me from entering the Unites States, but I will not protest on the streets angry or cursing on you. Instead I will pray for you. I pray may God guide your heart and mind to be a just leader of our beloved country. My religion, Islam, teaches me to be obedient and respect the state’s laws. Islam teaches me that a true leader is the one who can treat everyone with justice, compassion and love. 

I hope and pray you can continue the legacies of the previous presidents to have Iftar (break the fast) dinners with the Muslim community during Ramadhan regardless of whether you are agree or disagree with their ideology. I pray you can visit mosques and give addresses like President Obama. Right now, the most dangerous and contagious disease in our society is ignorance. If you open you heart to learn about Islam and Muslims, you can give positive effect to fellow citizens to respect each other despite our differences. A sociologist scholar, Dr. Craig Considine, has coined a term called DEUCE which stands for dialogue, education, understanding, commitment and engagement. I pray you can truly apply this term into practice because with DEUCE we can make America great again. 


Khalida Jamilah 

Khalida Jamilah is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. She is also a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women's Writers Association USA.