Shared discrimination is bringing Muslims and Jews together in central Ohio, uniting people of all faiths against hate.
“I’m not Jewish, but I am today.” Those are the powerful words from Columbus American-Muslim Mahmoud El-Yousseph after the awful Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Responding to evil with good, Muslims in central Ohio are standing by the Jewish community.
“If I don’t side with our Jewish cousins because of this tragedy who’s going to be next?” said El-Yousseph.
El-Yousseph spoke at a vigil this week about the shared fears Jews and Muslims have about being persecuted because of their religious beliefs.
“I have to really show respect because if they target Jews today…tomorrow who knows who it is going to be. We have to speak up,” he said.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, advocates for the civil rights of American-Muslims.
Usjid Hameed with CAIR, a Muslim himself, said like many Jews he worries for his safety when he goes to pray.
“The thought crosses my mind that someone could walk in here right now and kill us. That crosses my mind every single time I go to the mosque.”
Hameed said an attack against one of us is an attack against us all.
“When you have people of the Jewish faith targeted and attacked we recognize that it’s our job as American-Muslims to speak up and stand with them side by side,” he said.
Putting differences aside to put faith in each other.
Across the country Muslim organizations have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for families
of shooting victims in Pittsburgh.