WESTBURY, New York (August 30, 2017) –
We, the members of the Islamic Center of Long Island, stand in solidarity with the Syosset School District and the Jewish community to condemn the horrific act of anti-Semitic messages painted on school walls.
While these senseless acts fill us with sorrow, we reflect on the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, which states: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from the male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you. Indeed, God is Knowing and Acquainted” (Qur’an, 49:13).
We are also inspired by the example of our Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, who spread the message of unity, tolerance and mutual protection found in the Constitution of Medina: an historic social contract between the Medinan Jews and the first Muslim community.
We hope to send a united message from the Muslim community that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America. We pray that a sense of security and peace is restored in the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.
Isma H. Chaudhry, MD, MPH,
Islamic Center of Long Island
835 Brush Hollow Road
Westbury, NY 11590