As the news of a Trump Presidency sinks in and the nation reacts, there were acts of solidarity with Muslims across the country. We collected a few — from personal notes of support to national statements — to focus on goodness in moments when fear and panic can easily spread. As Imam Luqman of Sacramento, CA says “Realistically, a Donald J. Trump presidency is not likely to affect whether or not we will go to Heaven or whether or not we can pray our five prayers, pay Zakat, fast the month of Ramadan or make the Pilgrimage to Mecca.”
1. Fousia Aden, a podcaster at Naptime is Sacred, shared a note left at her local masjid
“Dear Members of this Community,
I know this is a very small gesture, but I just wanted to say how sorry I am for the direction our country chose in last night’s election. As a Christian, I pray every day that God would make me an instrument of His peace. It grieves me to my core that so many in my country and of my faith chose a man who embodies and gives voice to discord, hate, and strife. I am praying for your community – that you would feel peace and courage in the midst of fear, pain, and aycertainty (sic). I am praying for your children – who see a man like this representing the country they live in. I have that that is the case. He does not, in any way, represent me. Thank you for be a part of this country and community
2. Asad Yazdani, a student at the University of California- San Diego, shared this poster left at the prayer area at his campus.
“This poster was put up in our prayer area on the UCSD campus. Alhumdulillah what we need right now is unity and understanding”
“Dear Muslim brothers and sisters,
We love you. We stand by you. We need you.
Love, your Christian friends at UCSD”
3. CNN commentator, Van Jones, shared a LIVE video centering solidarity with Muslims and immigrants and a plan forward. Please send him a tweet to thank him.
4. The President of the Sierra Club issued a statement in solidarity with people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and women. Consider donating to the Sierra Club.
5. In Dallas, Texas where there have been armed protests at masajid, a young mother was standing waiting for Muslim children and their parents with signs in her hand.
The signs from left to right:
“You aren’t alone”
“We’re all in this together”
“Don’t be afraid”
6. Youssef Chouhoud, former writer with Muslimmatters shares a text from an old friend:
“As a freshman in college, my roommate was a white born-again Christian from the Midwest. We were really cool with each other and he was a big source of support in the aftermath of 9/11, which occurred just a couple of weeks into our first semester. He only stayed at Lehigh for that first year, and we’ve been out of touch ever since.
Recently though, I tracked him down as I remembered he was a big Cubs fan and wanted to send him my congrats. It was great reconnecting, if only virtually.
Then yesterday happened.
Today, I saw I got a message from him (in reply to a message in which I mentioned the election results in passing). I won’t lie, I was a bit worried about what he’d have to say. I’ve heard so many horror stories of people whom you thought you knew well doing or saying things you could never imagine.
Instead of one more disappointing turn in a terrible week, what I found was an affirmation of why we need to move forward and move past this moment–and why we won’t be doing so alone.”
From Friend: “This is totally random but thought of you as I saw the results. I just want to say I am really sorry on behalf of my demographic. Muslims, Blacks, Women and Americans period deserve a better leader. It is a really sad day in American History. I wish I had been more vocal and done more to help keep this from happening. Not giving up on a better version of America. This is a set back for sure. Again I am sorry.”
From Youssef: “I appreciate the sentiment Bob, but you’re the last person that needs to apologize. In fact, it’s people like you that are the reason that I still have faith in this country—our country. We all have a lot of work to do but we’ll be doing it together, and I’m confident that we can make America better. God willing.”
Here is a note left at a masjid shared by Americans against Islamophobia
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