Memphis Muslim Communities to Come Together for Peaceful Rally
Saturday, February 21st at the intersections of Poplar & East Parkway
3:00-6:00 pm rain or shine
The Memphis Muslim community is shocked and saddened by the tragic and senseless murders of three compassionate young Muslim Americans- Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha on Tuesday, February 10th 2015 in Chapel Hill. North Carolina. The community is equally shocked and saddened at national media outlet’s considerable underreporting of this most heinous crime. The Memphis Muslim community feels strongly that it is time for such hatred-fuelled crimes, as well as blatant media inattention, to end.
In light of this event we will come together in PEACEFUL solidarity in honor of the victims and their families, and also in solidarity to anyone falling victim to senseless hate crimes such as this, to mourn the loss of these young people in this what is so clearly an act of hatred and violence.
Through this rally we would like the public to know that true Islam is a religion of peace, and true Muslims are no one to fear, as we strive to practice our religion in a kind, loving and peaceful way, much like all other religious members of our community. We would like to call on our elected local officials to remember us, and to speak out on behalf of us. We would like for our brave local law enforcement agencies to protect us from ignorant crimes like these that take away the safety, security and well being of all Americans and particularly Americans whose religious beliefs may be falsely perceived and misunderstood.
Finally, we call out to our local media outlets, to ask kindly to give us and our families the fair and accurate representation that any peaceful religious community deserves, such that the representation could help put an end to the severe misrepresentation our religion suffers. This broad, national media misrepresentation leads us to apprehension and fear which we often feel in our own communities on a day to day basis, yet we have faith that our local media can accurately represent us to our own community as a community valuing faith, service, honesty and compassion.
Muslims and non-Muslims, religious or secular, let us come together in remembrance and share a peaceful message with our community that we are ready for the hate to stop.
Questions or more information, contact:
Leslie Salama at 901-831-1882 or firstname.lastname@example.org