“We realize that this is a very difficult time for you and your community.”
Sometimes the world can be a hateful place, and minority communities are wrongly targeted, marginalized and discriminated against. Just last night, six people were killed during a shooting at a mosque in Quebec. An Islamic center in Texas also went up in flames over the weekend. But love is so much stronger than hate: In less than 24 hours, people have donated over $800,000 to help repair the damages!
So what can you do to show love, support, and solidarity to Muslims in your community?
Below you’ll find a template, written by Trinity University professor Simran Jeet Singh, that you can share with members of your own local Muslim community. We suggest that you print out a few copies and give them to Muslim students at your school, drop them off at a Muslim-owned business, or stop by your local Islamic center and leave it in the mailbox.
Dear Muslim Sisters and Brothers,
We realize that this is a very difficult time for you and your community. We recognize that there are people in this country who have negative feelings about Muslims and about Islam. We also see how these negative feelings are being used to justify the mistreatment of Muslims.
We want you to know that we do not agree with those who mistreat you. We want you to know that we are with you. We want you to know that you are loved and that you are cherished and that you are valued members of this community.
Please remember that you have allies here – people who truly and sincerely care about your well-being. We ask you to please stay strong in these challenging times and to please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. As your allies, we promise to do everything that we can to stand up for your rights and to ensure that you are treated with the dignity and respect that you deserve.
Thank you for being such an important part of our community, and thank you for enduring willingness to help preserve the freedoms that make our country great.