Saadia Ahmad is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Community Teamwork and is also an ombuds at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. She is a graduate of Providence College and holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
My heart rate spiked. My hands began to shake and sweat and then turned cold. I was suddenly alert, alarmed. Were we just zoombombed?
First, reach out to your neighbors and local mosque to show concern and compassion. Then call out those in your life who dehumanize others.
Confronted with a political candidate’s Islamophobic language, the author chose not to walk away or to pounce in anger, but to reach across a divide.
We are able to borrow traditions from other religions without compromising our own. This insight defined my interfaith journey as a Muslim at a Catholic college.