Thursday, October 8, 2015

Muslim Response to anti-Muslim Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916 text/talk
Mike@AmericanMuslimInstitution.org



Washington, D.C., Wednesday, October 7, 2015 -- A phone conference was held today by American Muslims and Interfaith leaders from across the country to discuss handling the planned anti-Muslim protests in front of 20 mosques, community centers and government offices scheduled for on October 9th and 10th.

Below are the suggestions that emerged from the conference call relating to handling expected protests.


  • Every Masjid (Mosque) to operate normally, no need to stay home.
  • Every Masjid involved in the program to fly one or more American Flags.
  • Every Masjid involved in the program to serve water for the visitors in front of the building through vendors, and, if funds are available, serve kosher hot dogs.
  • Let every demonstrator be treated with utmost respect, and let them see for themselves a real image of Muslims as caring, hospitable people; hopefully this will change their negative perceptions about Muslims.
  • Allow the law enforcement officials to handle safety matters, and obeying them is required and the right thing to do. You can video tape if you believe certain actions are wrong, but no arguments. 
  • Police should be informed and present if your Mosque is on the city targeted list in an “open carry arm state” state.
  • Refrain from the temptations to argue or shout; this not the moment and place for dialogue.
  •  Send a press release, a very short if necessary to local TV, Radio and other News outlets, better yet, fax them in the morning. (A sample press release is attached) 


It is best to view the situation in this way: No one is our enemy, and no one is out to get us. People have questions, and we should try to address them to allay their fears if we can. We have to come together as Americans and solve our problems together.

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(To be faxed or emailed to your local media outlet by the Masjid – Customize to your own needs)

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE   

Muslims of _______ City have chosen to respond to anti-Muslim demonstrations with an open mind and constructively.  

We believe in the freedom of speech and the freedom to protest and have collectively decided to treat the protesters as our honored guests and would welcome them.

We sincerely believe that when the protesters meet and engage with ordinary American Muslims, they will find a kindred spirit in them, similar to their own aspirations of taking care of their families, and living in peace and harmony. 

We have designated Mr. _____________ and Ms. _____________ to be our spokespersons, please feel free to contact them or stop by the mosque.

Mr. ___________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ________________

Ms. ___________________ Phone: __________________ Email: ________________



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