Huffington Post - Ramadan Reflection Day #28: Islam, Racism and Home-Grown Hatred
This Ramadan, Imam
Khalid Latif, Executive Director and Chaplain of the Islamic Center,
will for a second year in a row be keeping a daily journal for the
Huffington Post. His twenty-seventh article, entitled "Ramadan Reflection Day 28: "Islam, Racism and Home-Grown Hatred" was published earlier today. To read the entire article in full, please click here
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Ramadan Reflection Day 28: Islam, Racism and Home-Grown Hatred
Imam Khalid Latif is blogging his reflections during the
month of Ramadan, featured daily on HuffPost Religion. For a complete
record of his previous posts, click over to the Islamic Center at New York University or visit his author page, and to follow along with the rest of his reflections, sign up for an author e-mail alert above, visit his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.
Late last night, I received a text message from my friend Lena Albibi.
"Someone threw a firebomb at my sister-in-law's
parent's house last night. FBI is investigating now. So scary. I'm so
shocked. Please make du'aa."
We've seen close to a dozen attacks on different houses of worship in
the last couple of weeks. This includes a shooting spree by a man with
ties to a White Supremacist group that left six congregants of a Sikh
Temple in Wisconsin dead and others wounded. It also includes mosques in
California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Joplin, Missouri where the entire
building was burned to the ground. The attack on the home in Florida
only real distinction is it being a private residence. The ignorance and
bigotry that motivated the attack is still shared.
In response to the firebomb that was thrown at her parents' home in
Panama City, Florida early yesterday morning, Ayesha Albibi had this to
"Its unfortunate that we live in a land and
country based on diversity and freedom yet hate is being spread daily.
My parents house was attacked last night with a fire bomb with the
intent to harm us. This country is also based on perseverance and we
will persevere and fight against hate. Please pray for my family and end
the hatred all over the world."
It would be foolish to think that there are no ties between the
irresponsible statements coming out of politician's mouths around
Muslims and Islam and the attacks that we are seeing. The Bachmanns and
Walshes of the world make comments that incite hatred and justify
bigoted actions against innocent people. Condemnation comes from
different places, but in a world that is bombarded by information
overload, a sound byte or an op-ed by itself isn't going to be what
changes the tide on this. What will change things is people of good
conscience speaking up and out against what they know is wrong through
both word and action.
For Muslims living in the United States, we as a collective have to
see the importance of building coalitions with those outside of our
communities so that people can learn who our leaders are and we can
begin to have our voices heard.....to continue reading please click here