Monday Mornings

Love thy neighbor, yes, it's really not that hard. In the aftermath of what has been going on in the world, I’m finding more and more moments of . . .

Love thy neighbor, yes, it’s really not that hard. In the aftermath of what has been going on in the world, I’m finding more and more moments of love, kindness, bravery, beauty, and inspiration. It’s these stories that inspire me every day.

Because this is simply beautiful . . . a Canadian choir singing an Arabic song.

Because she is inspiring, smart, and brave . . . a young woman proudly identifies herself as a Muslim and shows us how to “fight” hate with love, education, and peace.

Posted on Facebook, Marwa Balkar
Dear @realdonaldtrump, My name is Marwa, and I am a Muslim. I heard you wanted us the start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself. I am not easily identifiable as a ‪#‎Muslim‬ just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am. I chose the peace sign because it represents my ‪#‎Islam‬. The one that taught me to oppose ‪#‎injustice‬ and yearn for ‪#‎unity‬. The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity. I heard you want to track us as well. Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school, or you can follow me to work where it’s my job to create happiness. You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J sandwiches for the homeless and hosts interfaith dinners where everyone is welcome. Maybe then you’ll see that me being Muslim doesn’t make me any less American than you are. Maybe if you walk in my footsteps, you can see that I am not any less human than you are. Salaamu alaikum

Because he is brave and good-hearted. . . a British Soldier who lost his leg in Iraq has a wonderful and loving response to those who talk hate about Muslims.

Happy Monday.

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