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Un-Civil War threatens our nation

Muslims extend solidarity

Editor, Lately, an Un-Civil War has begun in our country. This war does not involve guns and bullets, but rather words, expressions, insults and mean characterizations that are just as deadly. Our country’s Civil War, experienced more than 150 years ago, tore the fabric of our nation, and this Un-Civil War we are now witnessing is threatening the very foundation of our beloved America. Where have our tolerances, understanding and civil debates gone? Why is it that even when we disagree on an issue, we can’t still appreciate one another’s views? Why is it that because I voted for my candidate I’ve become your enemy when I didn’t vote for yours? For centuries we have lived together in harmony, especially when our political leanings collided. We showed respect to one another’s views even in the darkest days of our nation’s history. Have good manners, grace, decency and respect gone out of fashion? My fellow Americans, we can agree to disagree but remain respectful. We can vote for different political candidates but remain friends. We can argue strongly in favor of our views but recognize that others may just as strongly hold different opinions. I am the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren, and I am embarrassed to talk to them about this Un-Civil War being waged all around them. Let us lead the way in our neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities everywhere by instilling in our young the beauty of civil discourse, the legitimacy of views contrary to ours, and the generosity of spirit in debates. Let us stop this dangerous drift toward this Un-Civil War which is tearing us apart. Salim Najjar, Carmel

Editor, On behalf of the Muslim community in Indianapolis, represented by the mosques and Muslim organizations listed below, we would like to extend our solidarity with the Jewish community. We are deeply saddened and troubled to hear about the recent acts of hate, intolerance and vandalism against the Jewish people in America, including the recent bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis. We are certain that such actions can cause people to feel afraid and concerned for their safety. It is very disheartening to hear about these senseless and hateful acts. Without our Jewish friends, we would lose, among other things, so much compassion and kindness found here in Indiana. But please know that the Indianapolis Muslim community, a people of faith and moral conscience, is your ally. We will stand alongside you to uphold the values of justice and compassion. Our homes, our mosques and our hearts are open to you. Please let us know how we can help your community during this time of difficulty. We pray for the security of the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by these events. May God fill your hearts with peace. Amen. Indianapolis Muslim Community Association Al-Fajr Mosque, Islamic Society of North America, Al Salam Foundation, AsSahabah Mosque, Al-Mu’mineen Mosque, RISE Indy, Masjid Al-Taqwa, Masjid-E-Noor, Nur-Allah Islamic Center, Al-Haqq Foundation, Al Hikma Islamic Center

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March 21, 2017 – Carmel  

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March 21, 2017 – Carmel  

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