With interfaith solidarity, we can turn the tides
The next few days carry profound spiritual weight for many Americans.
Across the country, Jews are celebrating Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of the High Holidays. During this time, Jews seek our true spiritual center through reflection, rest, introspection, congregation, prayer, and redemption.
Muslims will be marking Eid-Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam. Normally, Eid al-Fitr is marked by several days of festivities, but sadly, many Muslim Americans are feeling cautious about celebration given the holiday’s proximity to Sept. 11.
Indeed, on Saturday, millions of people will again feel the weight of the memories from the coordinated terrorist suicide attacks upon the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The vast majority of Americans will find constructive ways to mark this somber occasion, but a few extremists will seek to divide this country by attacking Muslims, even going so far as to burn the Quran.
It’s not too late to stand on the side of love, at this moment in time, when love is what our country needs most. Click here to find a solidarity service, public worship, interfaith gathering, or peace event near you:
Thankfully, those of us who speak the language of love are putting messages of harmony, community, freedom, and peace into the world. Over the next few days, countless clergy will deliver sermons about Islamaphobia and read messages from the Quran. Vigils, marches, and rallies will remember those lost in the 9-11 attacks while also speaking out for religious freedom. Interfaith worship services and gatherings will take place across the country, from Florida to California, offering a call to end the anti-Muslim sentiments that have swept the nation.
In the face of the negativity we have seen directed towards Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, these public witnesses of interfaith solidarity, and the outpourings of support, are inspiring.
With love we are turning the tides.
To those who are celebrating the Jewish New Year, Standing on the Side of Love wishes you Shana Tova.
To those celebrating the end of Ramadan, we wish you Eid Mubarak.
To all who lend this campaign your hearts, day in and day out, we wish you, above all else, great love.
With blessings for a sweet new season upon us…
Standing on the Side of Love