The New Tampa Muslim community is overwhelmed and humbled.
Thank you friends and neighbors.
Dear Community Members:
We were all shocked Friday morning to learn of the arson attack on our beloved mosque. However, the outpour of support we have received has been beyond uplifting. As you reflect on the attack on our place of worship, focus not on the hate that caused it, but rather on the solidarity that it inspired.
On Friday evening, we had a diverse crowd of people that came to stand in support of the Muslim American community - simply to remind us that we are not in this alone. We were humbled by the presence of rabbis and pastors, as well as individuals from various faith and minority communities, who unequivocally expressed their support for our community.
We have also received upward of 50 emails from people - not only from our local community, but from concerned individuals in California, Ohio, D.C., and even as far as Canada and the U.K. - condemning the attack on the Islamic Society of New Tampa, asking what they can do to help, and reassuring us that they stand with us in these difficult times. You can see a sampling of the genuine messages of support we received below.
The onus is on us to reciprocate. It is our obligation, both as a collective community and in our individual capacities, to continue to build bridges with our fellow Americans. Together, we are undeniably stronger. The Muslim-American community is not the only minority community that is under attack, and it is our duty to stand with those who did not hesitate to stand with us. Moreover, knowledge is the best way to fight ignorance and fear, which is why it is so critical to ensure that our neighbors know who we are. Please take this message to heart and act accordingly.