I am outraged and paying attention, Love is louder. Let’s keep shouting together.

#StandAsOne Rally Against Hate & White Supremacy, August 15, 2017, Linn Park Birmingham

In the words of Mother Teressa,

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

Let us begin today by first knowing that we are at war. Not just the war of words and temper tantrums by the so-called leaders of the world. It is a war of ideology, where the oppressors believe that they have the God given right to oppress, hate and justify bigotry by corrupted understanding of their faith.

Racism is not driven by instinct but it is a conscious decision everyone makes, to be a racist. Racists are trained and brainwashed by their family values, or lack thereof, political leaders, teachers and yes, pulpit plays a vital role in their behavior.

Our solidarity on this day reflects our upcoming victory against racism, bigotry and hate. Let not our love and democratic process give any signal to the “alt right” that we are not capable of defending our rights.

The Muslim community thanks those who left flowers at our center today with a note:

“I am outraged and paying attention, Love is louder. Let’s keep shouting together”

Our shout and solidarity today is going to reach the horizons beyond imagination.

Let us resolve that the next chapter of history will be written by us.