Hundreds rally on National Mall condemning terrorism and Islamophobia
WASHINGTON, DC – Despite the extreme heat, hundreds gathered on the National Mall on Saturday for an hours-long rally called the “American Muslim March on Washington”.
The event, organized by American Islam, was held to speak out against terrorism, hate and violence.
“Muslim have a strong stand against violent extremism. That does not represent their religion, does not represent their community, and we as a community are first victim of violent extremism. Daesh, ISIS, Boko Haram, and everyone have killed many Muslims, more than anyone else,” said Imam Mohamed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), one of the speakers at the event.
The rally was an interfaith one and leaders from several other religions joined in the condemnation.
“It’s raising the level of awareness that there are people who are in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and that we care and that we will not sit by silently and let our neighbors by maligned in that way,” said Joan Bell-Haynes, Co-Pastor at the United Christian Parish in Reston, Va.
Organizers hope that through events like this one, negative attitudes towards Islam will change.
“People will learn that they don’t have anything to fear from the Muslim next door, from the Muslim who works at the next door, or the Muslim down the street going to the Mosque,” said Robert Marro, a board of trustee member at ADAMS.