Fifty innocent people were gunned down in New Zealand on March 15th, as they were observing their holy day at local mosques, by a white nationalist terrorist. Their names have not been made public but we hold each of them and their families and loved ones in our hearts. This is far from the first time we have seen hatred turned violent, as people come together in prayer. This is but the latest instance, targeted at the Muslim community, as Islamaphobia worldwide places all of our Muslim brothers and sisters at risk.
Here are members of the Muslim community, faith leaders and elected officials responding to this heinous slaughter.
As we heard from many speakers, our responsibilities lie in calling out this hate for what it is. We must speak out against all hate filled language. We must stand with community members who are being targeted right now, especially Muslim women who wear the hijab. We must understand the threat this poses not only to Muslims, but many vulnerable communities that white supremacists target. We must never back down in expressing our shared humanity. An attack on one, is an attack on us all, as we stand together in love and peace.
Want to help the victim’s families?
Minnesotan Muslim leaders are asking for people to donate to the United for Christchurch fundraising effort below. Monies raised will be distributed to the families by the New Zealand Islamic Information Centre – NZIIC (https://www.nziic.org/).
Want to support our local Muslim community? Learn more? Reach out to these organizations!
RISE– Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment, is a powerful voice for Muslim women in our community who come together “to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women showcasing the changemakers, the trailblazers, and leaders having social justice impact in our society. We host networkers, workshops, and events focusing on leadership development, community engagement, and philanthropy.” These women are a powerful force for good in our world! You can donate to RISE here
If you would like someone to speak about Islam or Muslims at your local church, coffee shop or book club, please request a speaker from the Muslim American Society by filling out the form at: https://www.masmn.org/speaker-bureau/ As MAS- MN shares on their website “MAS MN is also much more than a religious organization; it is a community organization committed to making Minnesota a better place for all Minnesotans. MAS MN provides social services such as clinic and food shelves. It is a leader in interfaith dialogue, as co-organizer the Taking Heart Ramadan Iftar Open House program and the Rabbi Imam Round Table.” You can donate to MAS MN here
CAIR– the Council on American Islamic Relations, states, “Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding” Read the Core Principles which lay out their work to increase understanding, end violence and promote justice for all! Attend their upcoming Challenging Islamophobia Conference. You can donate to CAIR MN here