Muslim Community Has United Against Islamophobia
Following the call from many Muslim grassroots organizations in New York, around 4,000 people showed up yesterday to stand together against Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia.
The rally began with a beautiful recitation of the Holy Qur’an, with many in the crowd reciting Surat al Fatiha along with the reciter. The speakers were a mix of allies from the Jewish, Christian, and African American community, as well as Muslim leadership within New York City and nationally. Dr. Ayman Hammouz of MAS National, Abu Ahmed Nuruzzaman of MUNA, and Javed Siddiqi of ICNA National, were in attendance and addressed the masses.
The Muslim speakers in attendance reflected the diversity of the Muslim community, with perspectives from Arab, African American, African, South Asian, and Turkish communities all reflected on the stage. Several Imams were in attendance, including Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid. With the unique perspectives came several insightful discourses on the nature of Islamophobia and White Supremacy. The cast of speakers as well, as the people were all unified in connecting the foreign policy, and the history of slavery with the rise of domestic White Supremacist terrorism sweeping the nation.
The oppressions facing Muslim communities all over the world were addressed significantly by the speakers, with lesser known causes, such as Kashmir and the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya being highlighted.
These deeper connections were exemplified from the crowd of over 4000 when chants such as, “From Palestine to Mexico all the walls have got to go,” were echoed regularly all throughout the rally.
The energy of the rally was channeled into a march that spanned from 47th street and Broadway all the way to Columbus Circle with a banner highlighting the names of all the 51 Muslims who were killed in the Christchurch massacre. The marchers chanted in unison several slogans condemning White Supremacy and the killing of Muslims all the way to the destination, drawing the attention of several people walking along the side walk. Marching ended in front of the CNN Time Warner building. The marchers proceeded to have the prayer of the 'Asr in congregation with over a thousand people praying in unison. The demonstration ended with the clear message being sent to White Supremacists from New Yorkers, and in particular the Muslim community, that we are United Against Islamophobia.
From: Majilis Ash-Shura of New York