You may be aware of Donald Trump tweeting anti-muslim propaganda a day or so ago. Since then we received a reminder from Interfaith Works about the possibility of going tomorrow (Friday from 12-2) to support/be in solidarity with the folks that attend our local mosque. The letter from Interfaith Works is posted here with etiquette for attending below:
After today’s behavior by the president on social media (https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-anti-muslim-videos-jayda-fr…) that has the effect of sowing hate and conflict across the nation, we have an opportunity locally to gather in respect, friendship and trust at “First Friday” – a monthly invitation by the Islamic Center of Olympia – Masjid Al-Nur (a long-time member of Interfaith Works) to its neighbors in Thurston County to join them for Jum’ah, the Friday midday prayer, and open house.
Some of you are familiar with this regular invitation, and have attended previously. This Friday is truly an important moment to come together in our community. We hope you will attend, and share this invitation widely in your faith communities & beyond. The mosque is located at 4324 20th Ln NE, Olympia, WA 98516. Details at the Islamic Center’s Facebook page:
In Peace, Danny Kadden
Open Hearts, Open Doors – Monthly Interfaith Visitors Islamic Center of Olympia
PLEASE NOTE (Etiquette):
a. Whilst we do not impose a dress code on our visitors, cleanliness and modesty is a hallmark of our faith and is appreciated and respected.
b. Man and women pray in separate sanctuaries but on the first Friday of each month we will recongregate for circle time in the community hall (basement) after the service.
c. We remove footwear on entering the mosque and we do not traditionally have chairs—we sit on the carpet.
d. If you have any in your group with special needs please let us know in advance and we will try and accommodate to the extent possible.
e. If they are familiar with the practice, visitors may join us in prayer. If not they may still observe the prayer but will need to stay towards the back of the mosque as we pray in rows shoulder to shoulder, feet to feet, without any gaps.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT US:
Thank you also for your concern and for inquiring about what the wider community can do to support us. We live in interesting and challenging times. Here’s a 6-point message we would like to share with you:
1. Get to know a Muslim, visit an Islamic Center or mosque in your area (I know several of your congregation may have visited us on more than one occasion for which we are grateful).
2. Reach out to elected officials tell them your experiences or your own story or share some facts
3. Understand opposing views and learn how to respond (use quotes from the US constitution, American ethics and values, your own personal immigration stories, history, scripture, etc.)
4. Donate to reliable, well-known institutions that fight for Muslim civil rights like the www.ACLU.org , www.CAIR.com and www.mlfa.org.
5. Stay committed even if you hit bumps on the way.
6. And finally but most importantly—trust in God—he has all this figured out.
If it wasn’t for this many may never have known anything about our community, our faith, our values.
Thank you for your love and support,
Mustafa Mohamedali PE PMP, Social Secretary, Islamic Center of Olympia
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.