Rhode Island, US, I6 Rabi’ul Awwal 1437/17 December 2015 (MINA) –Island, Local leaders from various religions in USA came together on Tuesday to show support for the Muslim community in Rhode Island, WPRI 12 News reported.
Speaking before a crowd at the Islamic Center of Rhode Island in Providence, the group said they hope to clear up confusion about the Muslim faith through education.
Muslims attending the event said they need the community’s support more than ever as hateful remarks about their religion play out on the national stage.
The meeting comes after controversial remarks from three Republican presidential candidates. Within the last three months, Ben Carson said a Muslim shouldn’t be president, Chris Christie said the United States shouldn’t accept any Syrian refugees and Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims altogether, according to International Islamic News Agency (IINA) reports as received by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA).
“Once you turn on the television or turn on the radio and you hear the anti-Islam rhetoric,” said Wendy Ibrahim. “It creates a form of fear, like do I hide my family, do I need to hide my children?”
The Warwick native is one of many Muslim Americans who are worried about being targeted over their faith. She said she refuses to hide or be silent, which was a similar sentiment brought forth by leaders of other faiths.
“I bring support as a Christian, I bring support as an American citizen,” said Rev. Nicholas Knisley of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. “Our nation was founded on an ideal that all people’s faith will be respected.”
“The Jewish tradition teaches that silence is like agreement, and we don’t agree,” said Rabbi Sarah Mack of the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis.
We will not tolerate xenophobia, racism and bigotry in Rhode Island,” added Jim Vincent, president of the NAACP’s Providence chapter.
Some Muslims have reported that people are watching them more suspiciously after extremists carried out deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
With groups like ISIS, I feel as though my religion has been hijacked,Ibrahim added.
Muslim advocates are planning to continue the dialogue Saturday at an open house at the Islamic Center from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. inviting the public to come and learn more about their faith.(T/imt/R04)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)