Asalamulikum (peace be upon you all)
Our condolences to the bereaved families and friends. We make Dua (prayers) that God grant the ones who passed away highest place in paradise and ease the pain & suffering of their loved ones. As stated in the Quran “Do not say that those who are killed in God’s cause are dead; they are alive, though you do not realize it.” (Quran 2:154) We pray that God brings some good from this tragedy.
Teatime for Peace” is an initiative that grew out of the desire to counterbalance the political rhetoric of divisiveness and fear directed against American Muslims.
With approximately 70 percent of Americans not knowing anyone who is Muslim, or having little accurate information about Islam, it can be easy to listen to the voices of negativity, prejudice and fear. After what has happened in New Zealand it’s our job as Muslims to do our part and educate people of what it means to be a Muslim and show people who real Muslims are. We encourage both Muslims and Non-Muslims/ followers of other faiths to please attend.
The topics of the table conversations will include sharing our family history in the U.S., ways in which our faith traditions inspire us to improve our community, and things we can do to promote mutual respect and understanding.