As we approach the commemoration of the attacks of September 11, 2001, we pay tribute and honor the loss of so many innocent lives. As Central Valley residents of all faiths gather each year to memorialize this tragic event, the Islamic Cultural center of Fresno (ICCF) along with the interfaith community call for resilience, hope, and unity.
To quote an influential spiritual poet, Rumi stated, “At times we are hidden, at times revealed; We are Muslims, Christians, Jews; of any race. Our hearts are shaped like any human heart.”
In remembrance of these profound words, our nation has learned to avert the toxic effects of negative stereotypes through open dialogue across cultures and religions. These experiences and knowledge improve our younger generation’s tolerance when faced with racial or religious adversity.
Looking forward, we leave behind the misconceptions of racism and religious intolerance by promoting bridges of mutual understanding and truth.
The community at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno continues to pray for those who perished and were affected by these losses. As the healing process advances we signify the importance of fostering a harmonious tolerance among all religious and non-religious groups. All are welcomed to join our communal ICCF prayers to reflect upon the loss we experienced.