The Church Council of Greater Seattle shares our profound grief, sorrow and outrage upon hearing of the deadly massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our hearts break at the horrific attack and murder of 49 Muslims taking part in Friday prayers. Most compassionate God, we raise our prayers and cries on behalf of the victims, all who are wounded, worshippers, loved ones and families!

As congregations, people of faith and good will, we denounce this violent, racist, reprehensible and evil act. We mourn with the Muslim community and people of New Zealand and share our love for our Muslim siblings in our state and nation. We say clearly and vociferously that hate has no place in our communities and society. We decry all attacks on religious houses of worship and the ideologies and prejudices that foment acts of violent terror. We call for confronting fear and hate-mongering when it occurs. We plead for understanding of the common humanity that binds us all together. We invite reflection and action to build relationships with our Muslim neighbors and across religious lines and to be people who commit to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God” on the road ahead toward beloved community.

Friends, the current ask from our Muslim siblings with whom we are in relationship is to stand up against hate, to hold people, from politicians to news pundits, accountable for their hateful rhetoric and to actively advocate for a world free of hate.” There will be events in the coming days. In the meantime, you can download #WeStandWithMuslimNeighbors signs and display them. 


This list was distributed by Indivisible Eastside – WA at the Interfaith Vigil & Anti-Islamophobia Teach-in hosted on Monday, March 18 at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)by The Council of American Islamic Relations, Washington State, the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, and MAPS-AMEN:

𝟏𝟐 𝐖𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚

𝟏. 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦: 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚
And equate it to other forms of hate, such as xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism.

𝟐. 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐚 𝐍𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤

𝟑. 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦 𝐁𝐚𝐧

𝟒. 𝐓𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐧

𝟓. 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐢𝐥𝐥 (case sensitive)

𝟔. 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐀 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐁𝐢𝐥𝐥 (case sensitive)

𝟕. 𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 (case sensitive)

𝟖. 𝐒𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐕𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬

𝟗. 𝐃𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐙𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝

𝟏𝟎. 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐬, along with letters to the editor/op-eds, to share personal, humanizing stories about the Muslims you know, and contact media when they use Islamophobi imagery, narratives or double standards.

𝟏𝟏. 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐮𝐩𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐬
• Mosque visit at MAPS on April 6:
• Annual Interfaith Iftar at MAPS on May 15: (more info to come)
• Sammamish Community Iftar on May 19: (case sensitive)

𝟏𝟐. 𝐅𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭’𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 on social media or through their newsletters to hear about more opportunities to learn, engage, and serve together!
• Muslim Association of Puget Sound and MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network):
• Helping Hand for Relief and Development:
• Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA):
• ICNA Relief/Muslims for Humanity:
• Islamic Center of Bothell:
• Islamic Center of Eastside:
• Masjid Madeena:
• Islamic Center of Kent:
• Muslim American Youth Foundation:
• Sammamish Muslim Association:
• Tri Cities Islamic Center:
• Islamic House:
• Bilal Islamic Community Center:



Video of the event can be found here:

LIVE: Interfaith Vigil & Anti-Islamophobia Teach-In: PART 2#MuslimStrong #WashingtonWelcomesMuslims

Posted by CAIR-Washington State on Monday, March 18, 2019

LIVE: Interfaith Vigil & Anti-Islamophobia Teach-In: PART 1#MuslimStrong #WashingtonWelcomesMuslims

Posted by CAIR-Washington State on Monday, March 18, 2019

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